Powerball Jackpot Reaches $360 Million, Locals Ready to Win

By: catherine.van@kolotv.com
By: catherine.van@kolotv.com

VERDI, Nev. -- The Powerball fever is surging across the nation d with nobody matching the number last weekend, it's going to be the, third biggest jackpot in powerball history with $360,000,000. All day long people have been lining up at gold ranch casino to get their hands on a ticket.

The odds of winning are slim; the probability is 1 in 175 million-that's the same as flipping a coin 28 times in a row and landing on heads. You have a better chance at getting struck by lightning (1 in 700,00) or getting attacked by a shark (1 in 3.7 million).

Even with the odds that small, people still came by the casino to join in on the fun.

"I have some grand kids and great-grand kids that could use the help...I can't spend that much money," said one Reno resident.

The jackpot is more money than what most people know how to deal with, which Is why many say they want to share the wealth.

Many people want to share it with their families, pay off debts and even give back to the community.l

If someone can match all five numbers and the red Powerball, the jackpot winner can get paid out over 29 years in 30 payments or take the large lump sum. It's an amount that can put the biggest dream to shame.

The biggest dream I have is sharing it with my family," one Reno resident said.

When it comes to picking numbers, some use their birthdays, some let the machine pick, while others rely on intuition.

"The power of positive thinking," one Sparks resident said.

Whether it's your first time or tenth time, it's all fair game.

"It's a lot of fun and you can dream big and possibly win big," Tom Macintosh, Gold Ranch Casino general manager said.


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