Powerball rolls to near record---Tucsonans roll in to bet on their dreams
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Is a shower of money in your personal forecast?
It could be if you hit the Powerball jackpot.
It's the fifth largest ever.
It's up to 400 million, so the hopes of a lot of people are up too.
ABC's new show Lucky 7 shows how winning a big jackpot affects a group of winners....but that show is fiction.
People buying into Powerball want to make winning a fact.
KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith said to Powerball player Wanda Henry: "And we hope you'll remember us when we bring you luck like this. So what are you thinking when you fill that out?"
Henry said, "Man, what's I'm gonna do when I win."
Craig Smith: "And of course, what is that?
Wanda Henry:"I'm gonna send all my kids to college. I've got five of them. So nothing else. Buy me a house."
Craig: "You're going practical instead of buying a yacht or something?"
Wanda Henry:"Man I'm gonna buy a plane. I want to travel. A yacht? No, I'm scared of water."
This 7-11 at 22nd and Swan has a record of selling some winners, as high as 20 thousand dollars.
Looking at the counter clerk, Tera Conley told us, "I have him rub it, make it happy and maybe it's gonna be a winner. I hope so. I could help so many people if I won that kind of money."
It just so happens, if you hit it big on the lottery at that 7-11, you can walk right next door and start indulging some fantasies.
Cycles, Skis and ATVs, also called CSA SuperStore, is full of shiny, speedy temptations for someone who suddenly has some disposable income.
Owner Steve Hollander says he does see more shoppers when lotto jackpots pump up.
"We see it during lunch time. People go there and buy stuff at lunchtime and come look over here. We get a lot of that, a lot of looky-loos."
Craig Smith asked: "So they're building their lottery fantasies a little bit?
Steve Hollander: "Yeah. They sure are."
Of course the odds against winning are insanely high but buying lottery tickets isn't rational thinking, it's wishful thinking.