MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – The Powerball jackpot now stands a half-a-billion dollars fueled by strong national sales leading up to tonight’s highly anticipated $500 million drawing, officials said in a release.
“As excitement and word of this jackpot spreads, with a cash payout of $306 million, we will start to see even more players waiting in line to buy their first tickets,” said Education Lottery Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea.
That was the case for those who work at the Grab N Go in Myrtle Beach like cashier, Michelle Francoeur.
“Wow, we were thinking it is going to be a busy day, everybody is going to want a chance to winning the Powerball and it has proven to be quite busy here at grab and go today,” Francoeur said.
The store had a steady influx of customers throughout the day. Some people buy lottery tickets all the time but others were first timers.
“We just saw it on Channel 13 News and my wife sent me out and said we never do it. Let’s go ahead and buy. I bought ten,” Gregory Dick said.
He made the decision to buy the tickets after the prize jumped to $500 million.
Winning it all is a long shot at 1 in 293 million, but someone will, and representatives from the Education Lottery are hoping the jackpot run stops right here in South Carolina.
“I don’t really count on it but you hope in the back of your mind at least four or five or six of them will come up and if you’re real lucky you get them all,” Timothy Patrick said.
South Carolinians wanting to take a chance on tonight’s drawing must purchase tickets by 9:59 p.m. for the 10:59 p.m. drawing.
If no one wins tonight, Saturday’s Powerball jackpot will break the record of $590 million set in 2013.