Record Powerball Jackpot climbs to $550 million

By Sara Belsole

COLUMBUS, GA – Hold onto your tickets  ladies and gentlemen! Wednesday night is your biggest test of luck ever.

The record-high Powerball Jackpot is up for grabs; it's the biggest Powerball in the game's history and second largest prize in Georgia Lottery history.

“I got one, two three, four tickets,” Alvin Hood says.

The jackpot has rolled over 15 times since October sixth. Just this past Monday the pot sat at $425 million.

Georgia Powerball sales have topped $2 million Wednesday alone.

For that lucky winner, the possibilities could be endless.

“I'd probably build myself a new home,” Hood says.

“I'd take care of my family first and that's everyone from my third cousin up,” Terry Bullock says.

Since Alabama doesn't participate in the Lottery, Bullock traveled from Phenix City to buy his ticket. And he is not the only one.

“We have people who drive from Montgomery and they will drive 90-100 miles to buy tickets,” Andrew Patton says.

Patton is the night manager at Villanova on Victory Drive. “The volume has definitely picked up especially during the late afternoon and nights we are seeing an influx of people,” he says.

If the winning ticket is bought at Villanova, it wouldn't be the first time.

“We sold a $2.5 million scratch off ticket before and a few Fantasy Five winners for $300,000-400,000,” Patton says.

The odds of winning are definitely in the state's and federal government's favors. All Georgia Lottery profits go towards educational programs like the HOPE scholarship. The federal government will take a quarter of the winnings in taxes.

Your odds of winning are one in 175 million.

If you do have that lucky ticket, you can pick between two prize options: $500 million paid over 29 years in 30 payments, or a one-time cash payment of $360 million.

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