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Powerball jackpot hits $500 million

People will be lining up Wednesday to buy their chance at nearly a half a billion dollar Powerball winnings. (FOX19 NOW/file) People will be lining up Wednesday to buy their chance at nearly a half a billion dollar Powerball winnings. (FOX19 NOW/file)

What would you do with $500,000,000?

Wednesday's Powerball drawing is set to potentially make someone very, very wealthy.

To take advantage of the colossal prize, business was very good at lottery vendors all over the Tri-State, especially at the White Oak Deli and Convenience Store in Green Township.

"The Powerball yesterday and today have all been very big,” said Jim Halusek, an employee at the store.

So big, a steady stream of people came to take their chances at winning.

"I said, 'What's going on? Why's everybody over here? He said it's a half a billion. I said, 'Wow! Okay, I can spend a few bucks for that,'” said Chuck Klosterman of Colerain Township.

A prize so alluring, many customers were flocking to the White Oak Deli and Convenience Store because of their track record of big time cash payouts.

"I just heard that they had sold a $10 million. They were one the listed, I think, on FOX News this morning as one of the lucky stores,” said Becky Seibert of White Oak.

In August, a lucky lady scratched off a $10 million winner at the store.

The Ohio lottery lists their lucky stores on their website as those that have sold tickets with more $1 million in prizes. Locally, after searching the 45203 zip code, we found lucky stores in Green Township, Colerain, Madeira, Mason, Milford and Amelia.

The jackpot has a cash value of $337 million. Your odds to win it are 1 in 175,000,000. Your odds are actually better to get struck by lightning at chances of 1 in 3,000.

You still can't help but think and ask yourself the question, “What would I do with all that money?”

“I've got a lot of friends who could use some help,” said Seibert.

“Move to Florida. Vacation a lot,” said Angela Bova of Bridgetown.”

“Set up a bunch of my friends and make sure they all have life easy,” said Klosterman.

“Relax a little bit. Give some to charity. Maybe even go crazy,” said Gary Hummeldorf, who lives in Groesbeck.

For a list of “lucky” locations visit: https://www.ohiolottery.com/Winners/Lucky-Stores-in-Your-Area?zip=45203&page=1?

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