Powerball jackpot hits highest mark in history - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Powerball jackpot hits highest mark in history

Millions of dollars are at stake Wednesday, and they could be yours if you're lucky.

The Powerball jackpot is the highest it's ever been, $500 million.

"It's my first time ever," said one buyer purchasing a ticket. "It's amazing."

And he's not the only first time buyer of a lottery ticket on Tuesday. Many, right here in Southwest Louisiana, are standing in line for numbers, numbers that could make them a millionaire.

"I don't know," said one customer. "I just got a feeling that I should buy one. I could use the money."

And for others, Powerball tickets are familiar territory. But the $500 million jackpot makes their purchase even sweeter.

"I bought a Lotto ticket today, because I haven't bought one in 20 years," said a former Lake Charles resident. "It's at a high enough price now that I'd like to be the lucky winner."

Cashiers at convenient stores across the area say sales of the Powerball ticket have sky rocketed in recent weeks. With the drawing just one day away, people are rushing out just to purchase this little ticket.

But the million dollar question isn't why you bought the ticket, it's what you plan on doing with the money if you're the lucky winner.

"A Ferrari," said one consumer when asked what he would do with the money. "Notre Dame gold with a green clover on it."

"I would pay off my new car, pay off student loans, and probably give some to my mom and my dad and my sister," said another customer.

Some buyers say they'd give to others first.

"If I win I'm going to give some of it to charity and take care of my mother-in-law and anyone in the family that needs help," said a buyer.

There's still time to get a $2 ticket.

Sales will cut off one to two hours before the drawing Wednesday night, and that drawing will take place at 9:59 Central Time.

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