“Lucky” Lottery Retailer Busy Ahead of Powerball Drawing

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JACKSON, Tenn. – Wednesday‘s Powerball Jackpot sits at $425 million, the third largest jackpot in the game‘s history. Lottery sales skyrocket at Zain‘s BP on Hollywood Drive. “They think we’re lucky,” said Marquitta Williamson, a cashier. “A lot of new people coming in, doing lottery, and we’re glad for the business.” Zain‘s BP sold a winning $2 million Powerball ticket in June. Williamson says people think they could get lucky again. Customer Nancy White bought two Powerball tickets on Wednesday. “It’s just chance,” she said. “You know you never know.” White is a regular at Zain‘s BP. WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News asked White why she thinks the store is lucky. “Because they sold the, had the winning number,” she responded. The chances of winning Wednesday‘s Powerball jackpot are one in 175 million. If White wins, she plans to share the wealth. “I’d give every one of these in here a million dollars a piece,” said White. The $2 million winner from June still has not come forward. The person gets 180 days to claim the prize. “I hope the person that won it comes back and claims it, and comes back and blesses us in the store,” said Williamson. Williamson thinks she sold the winning ticket in June. “I think the store is lucky because I work here,” she said. Although she sells lottery tickets, Williamson does not gamble. Customers have until 8:59 p.m. to buy tickets for Wednesday night‘s drawing. If the winner chooses the cash option, he or she will take home about $244.7 million before taxes.

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