Record high Powerball causes lottery fever to sweep Chattahoochee Valley

Record high Powerball causes lottery fever to sweep Chattahoochee Valley

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Wednesday night's Powerball was a record jackpot at $1.5 billion. There have been 19 consecutive drawings without a grand prize winner.

Since the last time someone won the grand prize, Americans have spent more than $2.6 billion on lottery tickets.

Early Wednesday evening, we were out at The Lotto Mart at Liberty Gas Station, across from the Columbus Civic Center were folks were optimistically awaiting the largest jackpot ever. 

"I am so excited I drove all the way from Alabama to get these tickets and I dreamed these numbers so that means they finna hit," said Kimberly Winters. "I think it is amazing because I am gonna be a part of history. You know because I am gonna be the next Powerball winner, I feel so confident about it. I am just so excited about it, I can't wait to see you here next week when I come back, and bless everybody just make sure you remember my face, I'mma have on my Alabama Crimson Tide, Roll Tide." 

The Lotto Mart has a history of lucky tickets.

"A couple months ago we had a $500,000 winner on one of our scratch offs and last month we had a million dollar winner in our store," explained Amanda Hamlin. 

The Lotto Mart sells the second most lottery tickets in the entire state of Georgia. On Wednesday they sold more than 30,000 tickets before the 9:45 p.m. deadline.

The winning numbers for Wednesday's Powerball are 8, 27, 34, 4, and 19. The Powerball is 10.

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