Lottery players hope for repeat
HURRICANE, W.Va. – With $340 million up for grabs in the second-biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, people trekked to a small-town West Virginia convenience store to buy their tickets Tuesday in the apparent belief that lightning can strike twice in the same place.
Nearly three years ago, it was the C&L Super Serve in Hurricane that sold the ticket that made West Virginia contractor Jack Whittaker the winner of the nation’s biggest undivided jackpot: $314.9 million in the multi-state Powerball lottery.
Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot climbed into the stratosphere after 20 straight drawings in which no one won the grand prize.
“It’s a lot a money to win for just playing a dollar,” 18-year-old construction worker Danny Loudin said after buying his ticket at the C&L.
Twenty-seven states including Idaho offer Powerball, along with the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Edward Jarvis, a 39-year-old real estate agent, drove from New York’s Long Island to Greenwich, Conn., to buy $120 worth of tickets.
“That’s worth an hour or two out of your day,” he said.
The odds of hitting all six numbers are 1 in 146 million.
The biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history is $363 million, won by two ticketholders in Illinois and Michigan in 2000.
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