DES MOINES, Iowa —
Recent Powerball winners include an Iowa couple that won a whopping $202 million on Sept. 26. A week later, a Delaware resident picked all six numbers for a $50 million payday.
Cashiers at a DeliMart convenience store in Iowa City said they expect a last-minute rush Saturday. The store sells $200 to $300 worth of Powerball tickets on an average day, but assistant manager Scott Falkenhan said he anticipates that will more than double.
Falkenhan, 32, was planning to buy his own ticket after his shift ended.
“I’d buy a new truck and a new boat,” he said. “Then I’d go on my own fishing tour.”
Roxie Breece, an assistant manager at a Cenex convenience store in Ogallala, Neb., said clerks have sold far more Powerball tickets than usual over the past week.
“Tomorrow’s going to be a nightmare for us,” she said. “With everybody out shopping and the drawing on Saturday, we’ll be really busy.”
Lingle, who is also the executive director of the South Dakota Lottery, says this weekend will be “telling.”
“To my knowledge we’ve never had a large jackpot run like this fall over a major holiday,” he said.
Frank Scorvino of Toms River, N.J., is in charge of buying lottery tickets — including Powerball — for a group of about a dozen fellow construction workers. If they win, he said, most of them would purchase new houses and cars, and some might go on a cruise.
South Bend, Ind., resident Dameon Smith says he’d retire from his job at the Hummer plant in Mishawaka, Ind. He said he’d share with family, friends and people he doesn’t know.
Chad Robinson, 41, a chef at a Cleveland restaurant, had an option during his break Friday: Put down $2 on Powerball game or go next door to Ohio’s first casino. He bet on the lottery, saying that much cash would change his life “drastically.”