Hundreds Invade Malad with Powerball Fever

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Updated: 11/28/2012 7:35 pm

Thought $550 million was a big jackpot, lottery officials say that number continues to grow every minute. The Multi State Lottery Association estimates that ticket sales just today will average $6.3 million an hour.

Of course a major draw for the Idaho Lottery is in Malad City and that’s where Phil Campbell has more on the long lines in this border town.

You mentioned that lottery sales are estimated to grow by $6.3 million an hour, here’s another interesting tidbit, typically 60% of all lottery ticket sales happen on the day of the drawing.

Powerball officials say lottery fanatics are expected to purchase more than a billion dollars in tickets before tonight's drawing.

The odds of winning the jackpot are still 1 in 175 million, meaning you've got a much better shot at getting struck by lightning. The odds of that happening are just 1 in 5,000.

Still, that hasn’t stopped people from playing. In fact, many in Malad drove a few hours just to stand in line for a couple of hours to participate in tonight’s Powerball drawing. I asked people what they plan to do if and when they win the money.

The answers ranged from giving the money to charity all the way to starting a career as a professional golfer.

You have until an hour before the drawing to buy your Powerball ticket and if the rollover continues, the next drawing will be Saturday night.

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