Powerball ticket-buying spree at famous U-Stop

By: Megan Palera

Nebraskans were on a ticket-buying spree, hoping luck will be on their side Wednesday night as the winning powerball numbers are drawn.

One after another, the computer pumps out Powerball tickets. In fact, tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide.

The Lincoln U-Stop on West 'O' Street was getting a lot of business after selling a $365 million winner to 8 ConAgra plant workers in 2006.

“Never know. It might actually strike twice so,” U-Stop clerk Shawn Keever said.

Many people say that store is lucky and they were hoping their own lucky numbers would increase their odds.

“When they hit the big one here I was about 40 or 50 tickets off from the group over at Cook's Foods hitting it so just more for luck I guess,” Tom Dean said.

The jackpot has already rolled over 15 consecutive times without a winner, helping it to soar to a record high of $550 million. It also enticed those who rarely, if ever, play the lottery.

“Just bought 2 for my husband and I and then we're gonna go to another gas station and buy more (laugh),” Hannah Rodgers said.

You could by 10 tickets from all the gas stations in Lincoln and you're odds of winning are still very slim. But players say who can resist a game with a $2 pay in and a lot of luck?

Although it's been several weeks without a winner, Powerball officials say they now believe there is a 75 percent chance a winning combination will drawn this time.