Stores packed with people buying tickets for record lotto jackpo - KOTA Territory News

Stores packed with people buying tickets for record lotto jackpot


The Powerball jackpot has grown to its largest jackpot in history, a mind blowing $600 million dollars.

Now, KOTA Territory convenience stores are packed with people, some spending hundreds, for their shot at living the dream.

Two dollars and a dream could pay out some big-time dividends Saturday night.

At $600 million dollars, the Powerball jackpot has reached a new record high.

And the thought of winning big has people lined up at area lotto retailers such as Boyd's Drug Mart in Baken Park in Rapid City.

Though it's the largest jackpot the Powerball has ever seen, it's still $56 million dollars short from the world record Mega Millions payout back in March of 2012.

Lottery officials say the jackpot swelled to the $600 million mark thanks largely to California recently joining the Powerball family.

And with a pay-out cash value of more than $375 million dollars, the last minute rush in ticket sales could push the jackpot value even higher.

"One guy came in and got $190 worth and one got $150 worth. Compared to a regular day I'm going to say we're between 30 and 50 times more busy. We've had a lot," says Connie Pates, a clerk at Boyd's.
And the people waiting in line to purchase tickets are dreaming big.
"Let my kids all buy something, I would buy a Kawasaki KLX250X motorcycle," says Carter Kerk of Rapid City.
"Yes, I have to play, just one ticket. I'm cool. I hope I win this I really do. I would buy a casino, I would build a new casino in Vegas and everyone would work for me," says Kent Clark of Rapid City.
The odds of winning the jackpot are less than one in 175 million. If no one wins Saturday, the jackpot will soar to more than $925 million dollars for the next drawing.

And if you haven't already seen Saturday night, May 18th, 2013's winning numbers here they are:

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