Powerball players and billionaire dreamers

Lottery retailers had a hectic day as people hoped for all or a share of $1.2 billion
Published: Nov. 2, 2022 at 6:51 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2022 at 10:24 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Many lottery retailers had a hectic day selling tickets for one of the largest lottery jackpots in American history. Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing is for over a billion dollars.

One-point-two billion dollars, to be more precise. That’s what’s at stake with these winning numbers Wednesday night:

2 - 11 - 22 - 35 - 60

Powerball: 23

It’s the second-largest Powerball jackpot and the fourth-largest jackpot among all U.S. lotteries, and a lot of people wanted their piece of history and all -- or a share -- of that money.

We found one retailer, a gas station, ran out of paper to print the tickets.

Jackson Pointe Citgo was a popular place Wednesday afternoon. People consider it a lucky store thanks to a winning Powerball ticket sold there last January.

Most ticket buyers had only one thing on their minds.

“Show me the money!” Brenda Biber laughed.

One by one, people bought Powerball tickets and then showed their proof that they’re ready for a life-changing jackpot.

One woman, identified only as Tina, bought a number of tickets for her work colleagues, If they win, let’s just say their employer might have some openings.

“A lot of them said travel, retire,” Tina said, adding, “Well, there’s a few that did not get in on it, so those few would have to go to work.”

Biber’s son has special needs, and the winnings would go a long way toward helping him and those who support him.

“My son’s special needs, I’d buy a house,” Biber said.

She didn’t stop there. “I would feel really lucky,” she told us, “and, you know, I would help everybody. Whomever I could. And, everybody who gives to my son, I would definitely give back.”

Luck is definitely needed. A ticket that could be worth $1.2 billion only cost $2, but the chance of any ticket being a winner is 1 in 292 million.

“If I win, I win. If I lose, I lose. It’s only ten bucks,” Biber said.

“I would feel very lucky. You only need one to win,” said Tina.