Stores Handle Rush of Powerball Patrons

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SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP -- The record-setting $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot has kept stores busy as packs of people come out for their tickets.

"It's a lot of money for one person to win, so I hope there's 20 winners," said store owner Hitesh Patel.

In South Abington Township, Patel has seen his business selling Powerball tickets inflate about nine times more than usual.

"When it was on Saturday, it was like all day of people coming in but weekdays, it's constant after 3 p.m.," he added

Over the course of an hour, Newswatch16 saw 109 people walk through the doors of the Convenient Food Mart, and all but four people bought Powerball tickets. And while each and every ticket doesn't bring in direct revenue to the store, it has helped out Patel's business.

"You might get new customers who might like the store and they might come back," he added.

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