Tonight's jackpot, the fifth largest in history, stands at $485 million. (Photo source: WLOX)
At the Purple Cow Convenience Store in Slidell, sausage biscuits and Honey Buns are popular but not nearly as popular as Powerball tickets. (Photo source: WLOX)
A lot of Mississippians that I talked with Wednesday said they were certain they had the winning ticket in their hand. (Photo source: WLOX)
SLIDELL, LA (WLOX) -
At the Purple Cow Convenience Store in Slidell, sausage biscuits and Honey Buns are popular but not nearly as popular as Powerball tickets. Folks from the Coast are flocking in to buy one, or 10.
Lauren Cuchinotto is a store clerk.
“A lot of Mississippians coming over here to buy the lottery tickets. They come in every day. It's been so busy for the last two weeks,” Cuchinotto said.
One of them is David Thomas.
“It's a once of a chance in a million, so might as well do that. I know we've got the casinos at our back door, but this is just so much money,” Thomas said.
They are such a hot ticket, even my photographer, Alex Ward, couldn't resist the temptation. What if he wins?
“That's a big question. I would probably travel a lot, and then I would invest a lot of it and probably give away a lot of it,” Ward said.
Cindy Bray is from Gulfport. She has winning plans as well and would welcome good news.
“I would probably retire, build a house and be with my family,” Bray explained.
A lot of Mississippians that I talked with Wednesday said they were certain they had the winning ticket in their hand. They also made sure they followed a few superstitions along the way, something the clerks here verified. Just read what Catherine Bell had to say.
“I had one lady ask me to kiss her ticket, and I said, ‘Ma'am, are you serious?' I guess they feel like I'm the good luck lady who's selling it. I have some customers say I'm a good luck person,” Bell said.
One person who feels lucky is Larry Whalum of Gulfport.
“Well, I'm just so happy to see that I came to the most lucky store in Slidell to pick the ticket. So, most surely, I have an 80 percent chance of winning,” said Whalum.
Pretty good odds, Larry. Pretty good odds.
The actual odds of winning are one in 175 million. The lottery numbers and the Powerball will be drawn Wednesday night at 9:59.
We'll tell you what those numbers are both on-air and online.
If no one wins, the lottery will continue to grow until the next drawing on Saturday night.