Lottery hopefuls lining up at Gold Ranch

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VERDI, Nev. (KOLO)-- It was a steady crowd at the Gold Ranch Casino and RV Resort lottery station Thursday morning for the California lottery.

"Somebody's got to win it so we just stopped," said John Grose, on his way to California to visit family. "I waited in line for half an hour, so taking a chance. We're on the way to Sonoma and I have my Powerballs!"

The Powerball jackpot is at more than $350 million. The Mega Million jackpot is nearing the $400 million mark. A lot of players here are playing both games this week.

"I'm playing both because someone's going to win," said Chuck Ketcham of Sparks. "It's just a dream; I know the odds are great but I'll give it a shot and see what happens."

The mood here is an optimistic one.

"It does great things for our business; having the lottery here gives people the chance to pick up a ticket, and that one ticket can just change their lives," said Dennis O'Brien of Gold Ranch. "That usually puts people in a good mood and gets them to do things like stop in for lunch or play a little in the casino."

The line is expected to grow as we get close to the Friday and Saturday drawings.