Powerball reaches record high, players hopeful for big win

Powerball reaches record high, players hopeful for big win
With $800 million up for grabs, everyone is getting excited. (Source KSWO)
With $800 million up for grabs, everyone is getting excited. (Source KSWO)

DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -Powerball ticket sales are breaking records, and it's already pushed the jackpot for Saturday's drawing to $800 million.

It's the biggest prize in U.S. history, and it could rise again by Saturday evening. The jackpot has rocketed to a record high because there have been 18 consecutive drawings without a winner, increasing anticipation that Saturday could be someone's lucky day.

There are certainly a lot of dreamers out there, and people everywhere are hoping they have the winning numbers.

With $800 million on the line, ticket buyers like Eldon Stiles and Bill Allen Dotson are fantasizing about what they'd do with all that money.

"Live the rest of my life good," Eldon Stiles said.

"$800 million dollars…I wouldn't know what to do with all that money, but I know I'd get me some new things," Billie Allen Dotson said.

Not a bad idea for a few guys who didn't even know the Powerball had soared over $800 million.

"I didn't realize it was this much money," Stiles said.

"I stopped in here today to get a can of Dr. Pepper. I'm going to buy a ticket because I need a new home," said Peggy Barker, a Powerball hopeful.

The way people plan to spend the big jackpot is just as varied as their methods for choosing the winning combination.

"I'm using numbers I got from my fortune cookie, so we'll see what that does," Barker said.

"I just let the computer pick it. Date of birth and stuff like that," Tara Dypsky said.

And at the end of the day, they all say they're doing it all for one reason.

"Like everybody else, try and get lucky," Stiles said.

"Like everybody, that good 'ole American dream. Want to get rich," Barker said.

But, if they don't take home that winning ticket, they'll just keep on trying.

"I don't win, just go home. Try again another time," Stephanie Koonce said.

"I have a job, so I'd just come back to work tomorrow," Dypsky said.

Just a friendly reminder, if you happen to draw the winning ticket, make sure you sign the back to claim your $800 million dollar prize.

Tickets must be purchased by 8:59 p.m. Saturday and the drawing is at 9:59 p.m. You can check for the winning number here.

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