SELINSGROVE — People lined up Wednesday to buy Powerball tickets in Snyder County and some have their fingers crossed that they have the winning numbers.
People waited in line at Smoker’s Express in Selinsgrove with one thing on their minds.
“I’d like a Powerball ticket!”
The Powerball jackpot has reached $360 million. That has a lot of people buying tickets.
“I do feel lucky. I think I’ve got the winner,” said Sharon Arnold of Selinsgrove
“When it gets up there, we get pretty crazy. Every person that walks up to this counter, pretty much, buys a Powerball ticket,” said Moe Lenhardt of Smoker’s Express.
Some people have a strategy for picking the winning numbers.
“They’re my children’s birthdays and a random number,” said Kevin Kinney/of Selinsgrove
Others leave it to fate.
“I let them pick them. It don’t work out too good but I let them pick them anyhow,” said Barry Aucker of Port Treverton.
According to the Pennsylvania Lottery’s website, the odds of winning Powerball are 1 in 175.2 million. You’re more likely to be eaten by a shark or struck by lightning.
“I had a friend down in Georgia who won $5 million. He played one time with one dollar and he won $5 million. That could happen to me,” said Bill Jordan of Selinsgrove.
The Powerball winner can choose to have their winnings paid out over 29 years or take a lump sum payment of $229.2 million.
“That’s kind of inconceivable, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy life,” said Kinney.
“I’d buy a motor home and head out west to start with. There’s a lot of stuff out there I’d like to see,” Aucker added.
“I will buy one today. Two bucks and a dream, I figure you can’t go wrong,” Lenhardt said.
The Powerball drawing is at 11 p.m. on WNEP-TV.