Lottery officials hiked the jackpot to $500 million on Tuesday after reviewing the large Sunday and Monday ticket sales, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association. Previously, the largest Powerball jackpot was $365 million in 2006.
Strutt said there’s a 66 percent chance that winning jackpot numbers will be drawn today. The odds are 1 in 175 million to be a winner.
“It’s a day of dreaming,” said Christina DeLaBrena, a cashier at the Wesco store in Spring Lake.
DeLaBrena said she’s noticed an uptick in people purchasing the $2 Powerball ticket hoping to take home the jackpot.
For some, one ticket isn’t enough.
Although some people often buy five tickets, Donna Payne, a crew member at the Shell station in Grand Haven, said a customer last week bought 30 tickets.
Payne said they started noticing an increase in lottery purchases last month when the jackpots started growing — specifically the Powerball, Mega Millions and Classic Lotto 47. She said about 100 people come in to buy tickets on an average day.
Payne said she plays the lottery once a paycheck, even if it means only doubling or winning back her investment.
“The chances are slim," she said, "but you never know.”
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