$600 million up for grabs
Powerball fever hits Craven County
Hundred packed into local convenience stores in New Bern to cash in at the chance to win one of the largest Powerball jackpots in the country.
$600 million are up for grabs this Saturday. The winnings sky rocketed after no one claimed the $363 million winnings Wednesday night. After taxes that’s a $376.9 million lump sum payment.
“There’s only one way to win and that's to play so I figured I’d take my chances,” said one lottery participant.
“I got five 'cause, shoot, as much as that thing is costing I need some money,” said another lottery participant.
According to the Powerball website, the odds of winning are 1 in 175 million.
“I’m more likely to get mauled by a polar bear in North Carolina than to win,” said an opponent of the lottery.
“Might as well have a dream,” said one lottery participant.” It's certainly inexpensive and if you do win then I guess you proved them wrong.”
The winning numbers will be announced Saturday night. Tickets for Saturday's drawing can be purchased until 9 p.m. ET Saturday.
If no one wins the big jackpot in Saturday night's drawing the prize is expected to soar to nearly $1 billion.
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