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Americans wish for luck in $700M Powerball jackpot

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 01:47

People across the country are lining up Wednesday in hopes of buying that winning Powerball ticket that would hand them $700 million dollars, the second-highest jackpot in the history of the Powerball lottery. Colette Luke has more.

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(SOUNDBITE) BARBARA CHEEKS, CHICAGO POWERBALL PLAYER, SAYING: "I'm feeling great, like I am going to win the Powerball and then I'm going to share it with all of my coworkers…" People across the country are lining up Wednesday in hopes of buying that winning Powerball ticket that would hand them $700 million dollars… SOUNDBITE)(English) ISRAEL AVENT , WASHINGTON POWERBALL PLAYER, SAYING: "I'm playing to win. And then I can get Trump off my mind right now." It's the second-highest jackpot in the history of the Powerball lottery, with 1.56 billion dollars in January 2016 beating it…. Eric Davis, a Powerball player in New York City, says if he wins, he's going use that money wisely… (SOUNDBITE) (English) ERIC DAVIS, POWERBALL PLAYER, SAYING: "I would spread it out in a lot of places, I'm a financial advisor. I would probably put about $100 million in triple tax free bonds. I'd put $50 million into my own investment fund…" Kenny Johnson, in Washington, D.C., says he'd start his own business: (SOUNDBITE)(English) CUSTOMER KENNY JOHNSON, SAYING: "If I win this Powerball I'm going to open (a) transportation company like Uber, kind of like Uber-style. I'll call it 'Ub-X'." (Upsound of man cheering with ticket) The odds against winning are astronomical, but that's not stopping people from buying a ticket… The estimated jackpot is $700 million dollars only if the winner agrees to get 30 payments over 29 years. A one-time payout, is an estimated $443.4 million dollars… The winning numbers will be chosen tonight in Tallahassee, Florida when five of 69 white balls and one of 26 red balls will be picked… And if Powerball player Bruce lands the winning ticket, he doesn't think much will change... (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRUCE, POWERBALL PLAYER, SAYING: "Give a lot of it to my kids, pay off my bills and live my life. I'm not going to be all that much different."

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Americans wish for luck in $700M Powerball jackpot

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 01:47