$550 million jackpot for tonight's Powerball
the WTMJ News Team
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WAUKESHA - Powerball fever has returned, and is bigger than ever in Wisconsin.
That's because the jackpot is bigger than ever: $550 million for Wednesday night.
Lottery sales have boomed over the last couple of days. At a Quick Trip in Waukesha, they broke a one day sales record on Tuesday and expect to sell another $7,000 in tickets Wednesday.
"I can't believe this. That's why I'm here," said Pat Michaels, who bought five tickets.
Many people have spent time dreaming of what they would do with all that money.
"Help my kids out, give my kids money," explained Steve Bocek.
"I'm going to see my kids. They're all over the country," explained Michaels.
If you are lucky enough to strike it rich, financial experts suggest that you remain quiet and not tell anyone right away, or you could find attention that you're not ready for.
You should also see a tax professional before you cash the ticket.
You'll also want to avoid any sudden lifestyle changes, such as quitting your job or buying a luxury car.
Save those for later after you get a grip on what to do with the money.
A lottery official told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Dan O'Donnell that if no winner comes from Wednesday's drawing, the jackpot could reach $1 billion.