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Last minute Powerball players get superstitious

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By: Jenn Schanz

"Student loans, any kind of debt, make sure my family is taken care of, and travel."

That's what Madeline Hendrix would do if she won the 600 million dollar Powerball jackpot.

It's hit a record this year, with the biggest jackpot in the history of the game.

For the superstitious lottery player, number choice, time of day, and even where a ticket is bought are huge factors.

They certainly are for some Lincoln players.

"I always usually stop here because this is the highest Powerball winning," says Rob Sanford.

In addition to playing the same numbers each year for more than two decades, he buys his tickets at the UStop on West O Street.

They sold a 365 million dollar ticket in 2006.

Tom Bartak opts for the Super C on 10th street.

They sold a winning one million dollar ticket last week.

"I did hear that someone won a million here just recently and we were out and about, had to get some ice, so we stopped here," says Tom.

The Powerball jackpot starts at 40 million and will go up by at least 10 million each drawing until its won.

There have been 13 Powerball drawings since the beginning of April without a jackpot winner.

Like all lottery players, last minute buyers are crossing their fingers they'll break that streak.


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