As Powerball Prize Grew, Connecticut Hoped

Whether customers were stopping by for quick picks or combinations filled in with care, Angie's State Line Liquors in Enfield was packed all day Wednesday with people buying Powerball tickets, hoping to win the $250 million jackpot.

Everyone hoped to get the winning numbers: 14, 24, 31, 43 and 51, with Powerball number 27.  The Powerplay was 5. One person in Columbia, South Carolina had the jackpot-winning numbers. So the prize will be reset at $20 million.

"I am going to try my luck today, see what happens," said Benny Torres, who drove to Enfield from Springfield, Massachusetts, because Massachusetts doesn't participate in Powerball.

But Massachusetts is part of the Mega Millions lottery and the jackpot for Friday's drawing is up to $207 million.

"Everyone is talking about it. My husband is unemployed so we can use the money," said Amy O'Connor from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, as she picked up a ticket.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot were about 1 in 195 million.

Odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 176 million.

So NBC Connecticut wanted to know -- which game do you buy a ticket for? Bigger jackpot? Or better odds?"

"If you get better odds, then you are not so odd buying these tickets," said John Jarvis from Longmeadow, Mass. who bought one ticket.

Heather Lizotte from Enfield bought Powerball tickets Wednesday and said that was her only stop.

"I am going to stick with Connecticut, show the support there. Go with Powerball," Lizotte said.

Carol Kalita lives in Massachusetts but works in Connecticut, so she stopped on her way home to buy Powerball tickets for her parents. But she says, "Play them both!"

That's what Pedro Martinez from West Springfield, Mass. is doing.

"I play both," Martinez said. "Whichever one comes first and if it’s lucky, it’s good."

After picking up his Powerball tickets, Benny Torres also picked up some scratch games, before heading back to Massachusetts.

If no one wins Wednesday's Powerball jackpot, it could be up to $300 million by Saturday's drawing.

And there's still time to get in on the Mega Millions jackpot. The drawing isn't until Friday night.

"You just never know where your luck is going to be," Torres said. "You don’t play, you don’t win."

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