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Powerball lottery brings out locals

Stores report increase in ticket sales

November 28, 2012
By PETER KASPARI ( , Messenger News

The chance to win a multimillion dollar jackpot has many local residents heading to their local stores to pick up tickets for the Powerball lottery.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Powerball's jackpot was $500 million, the highest amount in its history.

With a potential win of that much money, local businesses are reporting a large increase in lottery ticket sales since the jackpot was announced.

Kaye Miklo, customer service manager at Hy-Vee, said the store had seen a "steady stream" of customers buying Powerball tickets all day Tuesday.

"We've seen a lot of people buying them for pools," she said.

Miklo added the number of customers buying lottery tickets is a dramatic increase from their usual sales.

"I'd say it's at least three times more than usual," she said. "We've seen that the higher the jackpot gets, the more sales we have."

Downtown Sinclair Manager Gina Hayes has also seen a large increase in ticket sales.

"Today I've sold 247, and last Saturday on one shift I sold 400," Hayes said early Tuesday afternoon.

Hayes said she expected the ticket sales to continue until the drawing later this evening.

"The day of the drawing we usually double our sales," she said. "Once those numbers get up there, the people start filing in. I expect we'll be very busy tomorrow."

Marilyn Hanson, of Duncombe, said she doesn't usually buy lottery tickets, but decided to buy one because of the jackpot amount.

"For a win this big, spending $2 is worth a try," she said.

Hanson said she's already discussed with her family what they would do if she won the money.

"A lot of it would go toward bills," she said. "We'd also like to donate some if it. With Christmas coming up, we want everyone to have a good holiday."

Patti Guinn, of Farnhamville, bought 10 tickets as part of a pool with her co-workers.

"There's four of us that do this periodically," she said. "When it gets to be this big, we know we've got to go for it."

Guinn said she would use the money to help out friends and family.

"I'd spend a lot of it on my family," she said. "I'd also like to give some of it to charities and friends."

She added that she felt good about buying the Powerball tickets.

"I feel lucky about this," she said. "We always feel lucky."



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