Powerball $1.5 billion jackpot entices across state lines

Powerball $1.5 billion jackpot entices across state lines

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The record Powerball jackpot of $1.5 billion created an invasion to Louisiana, and Pearl River is one of the many cities on the front line.

"We've sold as much as $31,000 on one terminal alone in one day on Powerball. That's not including gas or food either, and we have two terminals for Powerball," Purple Cow cashier Georgia Dial said.

"The most we've sold at once is from a couple from Arkansas for $2300 worth of tickets," store manager Deanna Joyner said. "We had both terminals going at once."

Hopefuls from Mississippi are crossing state lines for a chance at the winnings. Mississippi is one of six states that do not participate in Powerball.

"[We drove] about an hour and a half.  We just took a chance and hopefully get the winning lottery numbers and make a future for ourselves," Powerball customer Paloria Hills said. She drove with a group of friends from Hattiesburg.

"I hope it's me, if not me my nephew or somebody in my close intimate family. If they do win, I could get some of those winnings," Desmond Stubbs said. "Any strangers I could not care less about."

Powerball says there is a one in 25 chance of having a winning ticket. But the chances to win the jackpot are one in 292 million.

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