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Last Minute Lotto Players Dream of Hitting it Big

Gambling-PowerballSPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — It’s Powerball mania once again.

600 million.

That’s the magic number that has people rushing to convenience stores for Powerball tickets.

Customer after customer at Springfield’s Buckeye Brothers Smoke Shop…all clamoring for their Powerball tickets.

The $600 million dollar jackpot has people like Calvin Dawkins…who don’t even usually play the Powerball thinking of champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

“I’d most likely leave Springfield and go to Highlands. I’d like to go out to an island and hang out for a while.”

“All week it’s been crazy,” said David Glantz, the owner of Buckeye Brothers Smoke Shop. “You know, people who don’t usually play the lottery, when you see it get up this high, they come out of the woodwork.”

The odds of winning are astronomical – 1 in 175 million.

If Marc D’angelo doesn’t have the winning ticket  he won’t feel bad about losing the $20 he spent on them. “For that kind of money, it’s worth a couple bucks to take a shot at it. Absolutely.”

Faithful lotto players like Stephen Wine see this as just another opportunity. “I buy 2 quick picks every time Powerball is played. (I’ve won) $20, $40, $50, nothing big. You can’t win if you don’t play.

Even those who aren’t allowed to play are getting swept away.

“As a lottery employee, I can’t play,” said Beth Bresnahan, Marketing Director for MA State Lottery.

“But I encourage my friends and family to play.”

By the time Saturday is said and done, Massachusetts will have seen over $10 million in Powerball ticket sales alone.

Nationally tickets are selling at a rate of more than 362-thousand dollars a minute.

The last time Powerball saw this high a jackpot was in November 2012…when it reached $587million.

And if you want to see if you were the big winner

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