UPDATE: Americans spend nearly $1.5B to win record jackpot

Friday, March 30, 2012 | 4:34 p.m. CDT

OMAHA, Neb. — Lottery ticket lines swelled as Americans wagered nearly $1.5 billion on the longest of long shots: a less than 1 percent chance to join the "1 percent" Friday night as the winner of a record $640 million Mega Millions jackpot.