Mid-Southerners Purchase Powerball Tickets for $600M Jackpot

Mid-Southerners Purchase Powerball Tickets for $600M Jackpot

Mid-Southerners were hoping they were just six numbers away from becoming a multi-millionaire after the Powerball lottery soared to a record $600 million.
UPDATE: Lottery Officials say the winning ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Florida.

MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Mid-Southerners were hoping they were just six numbers away from becoming a multi-millionaire after the Powerball lottery soared to a record $600 million.

"Well, when it gets up like this I get excited so I just say, hey I might win," said lottery player Jetone Wheeler.

Dozens of people stopped by Ballingers to purchase their hopeful Powerball winning ticket.

"I bought a ticket yesterday and because it went up in value I had to pick up another one," said lottery player Sharon Duhan.

The potential payout of the big jackpot could mean a one time lump sum payment of $376.9 million dollars. We asked lottery players would they would quit their jobs if they hit big.

"ASAP, ASAP," said lottery player Akila Hamlett.

"I just lost my job… It would help me a lot, yes," said lottery player Chaz Gephart.

Financial planner Bill Dendy says Powerball jackpot winners often make the same mistakes after winning.

"For instance, you buy a sports team and then it cost 6 million to 20 million a year just to sustain it, but you already blew the whole thing buying the sports team. So the biggest mistake I see people make is that they raise their lifestyles quickly, but they can't maintain it. Doesn't matter how much you get. You can blow it," said Dendy.

The odds of winning the big prize are one in 175 million. Lottery players say it might be a long shot, but their fingers remain crossed.


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