Cha-Ching! Powerball jackpot up to $500 million

Cha-Ching! Powerball jackpot up to $500 million

Gas stations, convenience stores and just about any place that sells lottery tickets are expected to be crowded Wednesday. People are lining up everywhere to buy

tickets.

Saturday's

Powerball

drawing rolled over without a winner, so the jackpot for Wednesday's drawing is up to $500 million. The reason for the increase is because more people have come to play, even though the odds are not in your favor.

You are competing against a lot of other players. There are only six states that don't have Powerball: Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Mississippi, and Alabama. There's even Powerball in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The odds of winning? One in 175 million. 

If you choose to take the lump sum, you'll receive $337.8 million.

"Somebody at least, somebody here in Ohio win. It's been a long time since somebody hit the Powerball here in Ohio," said one lottery winner hopeful.

The last Ohio winner was actually fairly recent. In July 2014, a woman bought a nearly $125 million winner at a gas station in Conneaut.

The Powerball drawing time is 11 p.m. Wednesday. The deadline to buy tickets is 9:58 p.m. The minimum cost of a ticket is $2.

If someone wins, the prize would be the third largest in the history of Powerball and fifth largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

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