The race is on as residents run to the nearest store to purchase their potential multi-million dollar lottery tickets.
As of Tuesday afternoon, North Carolinas’s Powerball Powerplay was at $500 million, which is the highest the jackpot in powerball history so far. The chances of a lucky resident winning the jackpot amount is 1:175 million although some residents in the Triad have won the jackpot before.
“There are long odds to win,” said Van Denton, director of communications for the state education lottery. “It is random and all luck.”
Jackie Alston, of Halifax, won $74.5 million in November 2006, Jeff Wilson, of Kings Mountain, won $88.1 million in June 2009, and Frank Griffin, of Asheville, won $141.4 million in February 2010.
“Luck happens everywhere. In the end, the most wins are going to be where the most tickets are sold,” Denton said. “The Triad has been very lucky and have had some big wins. You can find luck across the state.”
Willie Mae Lee, store clerk at Xpress Mart on Brentwood Street, said Monday that the store has not seen much of a rise in the ticket sales.
“The economy is so slow. People have to pay their bills and are not worried about the lottery that much,” Lee said. “Not to mention that Christmas is around the corner.”
For those that will be nervously sitting on the edge of their seats for the next drawing, Denton asks that they keep their heads in the process.
“It is an exciting time and we would love to have another jackpot winner in North Carolina,” Denton said. “We encourage people to not get carried away and play responsibly. It only takes one ticket to win.”
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Next drawing is tonight at 10:59 p.m.
Your chance to win = 1 in 175 million