Aug. 7 - New Yorkers dreaming of winning the $425 million Powerball lottery jackpot line up at stores to get their tickets. Karen Hendren reports.
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STORY: What would you do with 425 million dollars?
New Yorkers like Marie McCarty lined up in droves at convenience stores and newsstands with that question dancing in their heads... as they bought tickets for the latest Powerball lottery jackpot.
"My mother would kill me if I didn't buy a ticket for that kind of money. What could you buy? Two dollars? Who knows."
Strong ticket sales have boosted this to the fourth-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.
But the odds of winning are about 1 in 175 million.
That won't keep Nigel Nichols from buying a ticket.
"I am not a frequent buyer so periodically I will buy every now and then. And half the time I don't check the tickets right away. I let it sit for a minute and I will check it eventually in my desk drawer at work. So hopefully I am one of those long shot winners that just sit on it and have it for a couple of months without even knowing."
The biggest single-winner Powerball jackpot was $590.5 million. An 84-year-old Florida woman claimed that prize in June, opting for a lump-sum payment of nearly $371 million.
Powerball tickets are sold in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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