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What would you do with $500 million?

Customer buying Powerball ticket (Source: WVUE) Customer buying Powerball ticket (Source: WVUE)

A $500 million prize is the stuff dreams are made of. Those dreams explain the steady stream of customers picking up Powerball tickets, hoping to cash in on a massive jackpot despite odds of 1 in 175,223,510.

What's on their minds as they plunk down two bucks?

One man in New Orleans, clearly dressed for his job in the construction trade told us, "I'd quit working. I've worked for the last 28 days straight!"

Others suggest they would not quit, but change employers, "start my own business, take a good vacation and enjoy the rest of my life."

Not all of the hopes or dreams inspired by those dollar signs are selfish. 

"First of all, we're going to some homeless people. Hungry, homeless you know...do the right thing by God." 

Another ticket buyer intends to split the difference and "buy a house and take care of the church. I'm getting married Valentine's anyway...so I'll have a big old, big old wedding."

A regular Powerball player says he's had these hopes dashed before and laughingly describes the evidence to prove it, "I got like 50 of them in my truck that I haven't even checked yet. I've probably got a winning ticket in my truck!"

But he, like the others, enjoys the dream for the moment and figures, "Well, maybe it's my lucky day!"

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