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Locals Flock to Stores to Buy Powerball Tickets

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Experts say you have a better chance of being struck by lightning or dying from a bee sting than winning Wednesday night's record half-billion dollar Powerball jackpot.

Still, the idea of striking it big has lots of residents running out to local stores and buying up tickets for the drawing.

Kiii News Reporter Bill Churchwell went Live from Pittman's Qwik Mart at 4249 McArdle Road, a store that is considered to be lucky among its customers.

People were arriving there throughout the day. Previous winners are posted above the registers, and those in line were hoping the store's luck will rub off.

It is a half-billion dollar dream that has people lining up and dishing out some serious dough; but what are the odds of actually winning?

One in 175 million.

But with $550 million on the line, it is one bet that customers are willing to take.

"I had to try. You never know, I might win," said Aida Chapa, who was buying a ticket. "I will have to retire and all my kids, and all my friends."

A total of 42 states, along with Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands, play Powerball. Lottery officials say that sales per minute is almost $30,000.

If you win and you pick the cash option, after taxes, the payout is $360 million.

For those of you who have never played Powerball, it is $2 a ticket. You fill in five numbers, 1-50, and then you can pick out a Powerball number. Or, you can just get a quick pick.

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