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Powerball Jackpot tops $500 million: Beaumont ticket sales

BEAUMONT - By Megan Dillard - It's the largest jackpot ever in the Powerball lottery game. Thousands of people across the country are hoping to score big. The winning total is more than $500 million.

There was a steady stream of customers at the Exxpress Mart off 105 in Beaumont, all there for the chance at $500 million.

Players choose five numbers and one powerball number to play the game.

Employees say that today's crowds are nothing compared to what it will look like tomorrow.

The drawing is Wednesday night at ten. KFDM spoke with several people who are hoping to cash in on the hefty chunk of change.

People coming and going. It's a busy day at the Exxpress Mart off Highway 69 and Highway 105 in Beaumont.

Many men and women with one thing in mind: the Powerball Jackpot.
At $500 million, it's the largest jackpot the game has ever seen.

Some people came in for one thing and walked out with a ticket.

"You never know so I thought I'd give it a try, but it's been a long time since I've bought a ticket."

Hazel Peska isn't sure how she'd react if she won.

"I really couldn't tell you what I'd do. Probably just sit still until it sunk in."

"Hitting it big! Winning the big one."

Others, like Derek Armstrong, already have a game plan.

"Spread it around to family, friends. The holidays. Just try to take care of loved ones mostly."

"Are you power playing? You will? Okay. It'll be six dollars."

While hopefuls continue to buy tickets, one man says he already has the winning numbers. In fact, he plans to share his winnings with us!

"That's a winner, he just sold me a winner. I'm going to get an envelope and I'm going put him some money in, I'm going to put her some money in it, I'm going to donate some money to the church. I'm going to help the poor. Then I'm going to get me a bad automobile and a house."

$500 million: more money than most people will ever see. All riding on the luck of the draw.

"Good luck!"

Exxpress Mart will sell tickets until 9:45 Wednesday night, just 15 minutes before the drawing. The previous top Powerball prize was $365 million, won in 2006 by a group of workers in Nebraska.

Tune in to KFDM tomorrow to find out if yours is the winning ticket.   

Powerball Jackpot tops $500 million: Beaumont ticket sales

Wednesday, January 30 2013, 03:15 PM CST
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