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Powerball dreamers hoping for big prize of $320 million

Posted August 15, 2012

— Break out the four leaf clovers, the fuzzy rabbit’s foot and any other lucky charm because Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is an estimated $320 million - the fourth-largest prize in the game's history.

The cash value of the prize if taken as a lump sum is $212 million, the largest pot of money ever offered by Powerball. The game, which costs $2 a ticket, is played in 42 states.

The drawing will air on WRAL TV and WRAL.com at 10:59 p.m.

At the BP Family Fare convenience store in Fayetteville, employees were bracing for the last-minute rush of customers looking to buy a ticket by the 9:59 p.m. deadline.

“I mean, $100 million ain’t enough for ‘em,” cashier Connie Pruitt said. “When it hits that $300 (million) mark, they’re coming out of the woodwork.”

The steady stream of lunchtime customers were buying – and dreaming.

Powerball dreamers hope for $320 million jackpot Powerball dreamers hope for $320 million jackpot

“I figure I might as well buy a ticket because you’ve got to be in it to win it,” Doreene Banks said.

Corey Hosley said if he won, he’d use the money to help others.

"First, I can help out here in the community because it’s bad,” he said. “And probably help out some of my family members – help them out, too.”

Charlesina Stonewall figured frequency is the key to winning big.

“You’ve got to feel it, just knowing it’s your time,” she said. “You play every day. Your time has got to come.”

The BP, at Morganton and Reilly roads, boasts more lottery sales than any other vendor in the state. Last year, the store sold $2.4 million in tickets.


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  • americaneel Aug 16, 2012

    guess you dreamers didn't win huh?

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Aug 15, 2012

    zacksmill, you sound like one very gracious, giving person!! That's great!


  • zacksmill Aug 15, 2012

    I already have it spent. 10% to my church, buying a church for a pastor friend of mine, giving everyone in my family on both sides $1 million each, giving a large sum to local animal rescue and no-kill shelters, buying my son a house, etc.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Aug 15, 2012

    I just hope whoever wins is someone like me, who truly NEEDS it, and some some Bill Gates fella!

    I remember a couple of years ago, a girl won (millions and millions) and she and her husband were drug addicts. He, just out of prison. I hope they made smart choices though. But that is doubful. I always wondered what happened to that couple.

    If I won, I know one thing for sure: No. more. work. ever. ever. ever. ever. again! LOL! I can't imagine not having to wake up to an alarm!


  • Uhavenoclu Aug 15, 2012

    I already won it,so all you dreamers and materialistic,tax payers...KEEP IT COMING LOVE.

  • ambernicole919 Aug 15, 2012

    its worth a shot but I have no idea how to play or what #s to pick