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Powerball numbers drawn, frenzy means big business


The Powerball drawing is over and the numbers are in: 5-16-22-23-29 and 6.

Many local business owners told Newsline 9 those numbers, mean big profits.

"Did you get your ticket?" BP gas station Owner Keith Rybacki says for hundredth time Wednesday. Lottery officials announced just before the numbers were drawn Wednesday night that the jackpot grew even bigger, reaching close to 580 million dollars.

"It's all about that jackpot."

And for Rybacki, a big jackpot means big business.

"Someone will come in and buy their ticket and then pick up a soda or something else," Rybacki said.

Debra Wayne is that someone.

"I don't buy a lot of Powerball tickets, I really don't," Wayne says. "But, only when the jackpots get this large I can't not buy a ticket because you can't win if you don't play."

And she's not alone. Hundreds of people filed in and out of the gas station, some paying for gas, others hoping for that lucky ticket.

"Everybody is talking about it," one customer said.

"We're selling 20-30 times the amount of lottery tickets that we usually do, maybe more," Rybacki added.

At Townline Market in Wausau, the scene is the same. 

"It's been intense," Cashier Kathy Winstrom said.

Winstrom says when lottery numbers are up, so are profits. 

"People come in for Powerball and then they say hey lets pick up a couple steaks, or something for supper so it is a lot of increased traffic."

But for Debra Wayne, it's just about winning. 

"I'll say a little prayer, cross my fingers and buy a ticket."

If not, at least she can say she played. "It's fun to be a part of something this large," Wayne said as she walked out the door.

"Good luck with your numbers," she heard as she jumped into her car to head home.

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