Basin Residents Hoping to Win Biggest Powerball Jackpot in History

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The jackpot is growing and the clock is ticking for players hoping to strike it rich on Wednesday night.

The powerball lottery prize is $550 million. It's the biggest jackpot ever in the game's history.

With more than a half a billion dollars at stake, players are keeping their eyes on the prize.

"What would I do if I won money? I would buy me a lamborghini," one player said.

"I would fix my house, make it fancy," Edna Cervantes said. "Take a nice vacation, maybe take all my kids and grand kids with me."

Gas stations in the Basin and across the country are being slammed with ticket sales for the Powerball lottery.

The jackpot? $550 million!

A couple of Jack's gas stations in Midland said they've been swamped with sales since they opened.

"Mainly quick picks," Nancy Rodriguez, a Jack's store employee, said. "It was about an hour, an hour and a half and we'd already been up to 400."

"I just bought one." Cervantes said. "I might get some more cash and run back and get some more."

High ticket sales boosted the jackpot by $50 million on Wednesday afternoon.

Some people are feeling lucky.

"About 6:30, we got our first customer and he bought $100 worth," Rodriguez said.

"A lot of our businesses around here will do pools and they'll come in and buy $200-$300 at a time," Michelle Howard, another Jack's store employee, said.

Even though you're more likely to get struck by lightning or bit by a shark, that's not stopping people from playing and dreaming about the winnings.

"I'd pay for my college and my parents house," Howard said.

"Help people that need help," Cervantes said. "That's a lot of money and I can do a lot of good."

Powerball is played in 42 states and lottery officials said they believe there is a 75% chance that the winning numbers will be drawn on Wednesday night.

The cash payout option is $360 million.