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Powerball ticket sales ramp up ahead of Saturday night's $570 million drawing

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The door at Raceway gas station on Hwy. 29 in Pensacola can barley stay closed. Thousands of people are in and out, each day, hoping to get their hands on a winning ticket for the Powerball jackpot.

Raceway cashier, Kathy Grubbs, said "I couldn't even give a count. There's so many. I mean sometimes we have them lined all the way up to the door and out the door sometimes."

A $2 ticket gives you the chance of winning $570 dollars. 

When the winnings are that high, everyone starts to daydream about what they would do with the large lump sum of money. 

 Pensacola resident, Lashay Smith, said "Pay a college fund for all four of my kids."

Pensacola resident, Charles Smith, said "A lot of things. Give to those who gave to me. Try to take care of everybody."

Alabama resident, Gina McCarley plans to build a library while Alabama resident, Jill Westerlund, says she would go to Atlantis for a month.

Powerball jackpot tickets are sold in 44 different states, as well as D.C., the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The chances of getting all six powerball jackpot numbers correct are one and 292 million. 

"Somebody's got to win. So it might as well be us," McCarley said. 

Some people filled out their ticket with meaningful numbers, like their birth date or high school football number. 

Others chose the random route and let the computer generate six numbers for them.

Pensacola resident, Lewis Savage Sr. Said, "That's the only way to go. Because a game like this? Nothing is guaranteed."

Someone won the $2 million jackpot in the Pensacola area just days ago. Ticket buyers at the Raceway on Highway 29 hope that maybe... just maybe... the next winning ticket is already in their hand.  

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