The Powerball jackpot is the largest jackpot in history, at $1.5 billion, for the drawing at 10:59 p.m. and Powerball fever has grown as the jackpot has.
“I am buying for my company. We are actually going out of business, so that is why we are going to get the winning ticket,” Suzette Jennings, of Windsor, said.
Jennings is buying 40 tickets for her co-workers. but said she has a plan.
They played last Wednesday and Saturday and every time, she goes to several different places to buy the tickets.
“The first time we did it we won and then we won again the second time. So I keep telling everybody, ‘Yes, this is the big one, we are going to get the big one this time,’” said Jennings.
Another person trying his hand is Charles Nash, of Manchester, who has a history of winning, so this time his 28 co-workers are giving him the money to play.
“I have won $500 many times and probably about 12 years ago, I won $10,000. So I have been very fortunate. I normally share it with everybody I work with as well as my family. So the fun is playing responsibly, winning and sharing it,” Nash said.
Your odds of winning the billion dollar Powerball are one in 292 million. But with billons on the line, many people cannot help but play.
Within just one hour the CITGO on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington sold $400 worth of Powerball tickets and managers expect it to increase throughout the day, especially as people get out of work.
“During the evening hours, just before the machine goes down, before 7 and 10, then the lines really start forming for it,” Shane Mysliwiec, manager of the CITGO in Newington, said.
When asked, most people said they would share their winnings.
“Most people who have won the Powerball, if they help out other people then they are liable to stay grounded instead of using it all. So I would help my church and some unfortunate people and share the wealth together,” said Jennings.
Powerball sales stop at least one hour before the drawing.