Powerball mania took over the
nation Wednesday. Cash's Truck Stop in Port Allen is just one of many area
stores that pumped out tickets at a record pace.
"All day it's been nonstop
we finally just slowed down briefly," said store clerk Cara LeBlanc.
"It's up so high. $550 million. I'll take it."
William Smith would take it as
well, adding the record pot made him do something he has never done before.
"This is the only one. I've
never bought a Powerball ticket before."
To put this frenzy into
perspective, Powerball sales in the state reached four million all of last week
but lottery officials say because of the $550 million jackpot they'll
reach that total in just one day.
"We love the buzz lots of people
are talking about this it's the talk at the office, on the street, our retailers
have been ringing the office, it's a great day," said Louisiana Lottery
spokesperson Kelly Spell.
A great day bringing in five
percent commissions for local retailers and giving 35 percent of every dollar
back to the state to help fund public education. Bernell Williams already had a
few things in mind for his possible winnings.
"I've got the winning ticket
right here. All the construction companies look at me, gonna retire after
tonight. I'm going to fly me and this man all over the world. Sounds good. It's
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