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Powerball jackpot rises to $425 million

Powerball jackpot rises to $425 million

By Justin Schecker. CREATED Aug 7, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Powerball players are lining up at stores in Tucson and across the country, hoping they will be the one to buy the winning $425-million jackpot ticket. The cash payout at $244.7-million. 
 
The third-highest Powerball jackpot amount ever is clearly enough for some to test their luck for the first time.
 
"He told me its 400 million," Margaret Trujillo said. "And I'm like $400 million. I'm gonna buy that."
 
Whether they're first timers or regular Powerball players, store managers welcome the extra business when there's a big drawing like tonight. 
 
"We enjoy getting our share of the profits," said Ben Gastellum, the manager of the Super Stop at Speedway and Alvernon. 
 
Customers aren't shy as to sharing how they pick their numbers, Gastellum said.
 
"Birth dates, divorce dates, just really strange things like that," he said.      
 
Others like Trujillo let the system auto-pick.
 
"You feeling good about those numbers?" 9 On Your Side asked Trujillo. 
 
"I would of picked 17, my age 35 and 22," she said. "So yes, I'm feeling good about three of the six."
 
Trujillo knows the odds are against here.
 
"What is it, one in a million," she said.
 
Actually, the odds of winning are one in 175 million, but Trujillo still knows what she'd do if she wins.
 
"I would buy a church for my uncle," she said. "He's been a pastor for a longtime. That's first of all and the rest of it would go to my son and my daughter."
 
The big drawing is tonight at 8 p.m. Tucson time and if you still don't have your tickets, you have until 7 p.m. tonight to take care of that.
Justin Schecker

Justin Schecker

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Justin Schecker reports for KGUN 9 ON Your Side at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. He joined KGUN9 in September of 2012 and spent his first year in Tucson covering overnight breaking news for Good Morning Tucson.