Hype builds for Powerball as jackpot grows

Powerball Ticket (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – If you look at the odds, you’re far more likely to get struck by lightning than to win the Powerball Wednesday night, but that’s not going to stop most people from playing, especially with $1.5 billion on the line.

Across the country and locally the response has been tremendous.

“It’s unprecedented for it to be $1.5 billion,” said Dawn Smith, a QuikTrip manager. “Just about every customer has bought a Powerball ticket, so sales have been fantastic for Powerball.”

She admits that they hope tonight will be the end of the whole situation, “we are tired, so we would like someone to win it and hopefully it’ll be in Kansas.”

At the core, of course, are the players, still willing to bet that they’ve got a chance at winning. As Cindy Pitcher finished buying her tickets she said, “I don’t even usually buy that many I don’t do it every week…it’s juts the excitement.”

But not everyone is signing up for the ride. Kim Mangiaracino opted out. “I’m not a gambler, it’s a waste of money,” she said. “There’s other things I could spend my money on besides taking a chance, 1 in what–a billion?”

Close, but not quite.

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