Powerball fever hits Virginia, first drawing tonight

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -- Powerball fever has hit Virginia, as hundreds of people are testing their luck, putting the pencil to the paper, picking six numbers they think will make them a multi-millionaire.

Olivia Pollard is one of the hopeful players. "I want to win. I got a lot to do. I want to win!!"

That drive to win is in the minds of many! "People need something to look forward to with times being the way they are," says Jerry Redford, who is also playing.

"We need the money! We all need the business. More business here in Virginia," adds Tham Le.

Several convenience stores say a lot of people are buying the powerball tickets. The downfall, though, it's really not adding any more business to those stores.

Yet the sales will go to one cause really needing a big boost: Kindergarten through the 12 grade in public schools. With many districts facing million-dollar shortfalls, all the tickets mean big bucks for the classroom.

"That's wonderful. Wonderful. That's really wonderful because every child needs a good education," says Pollard.

As these people hope for some ol' fashion good luck tonight, and every Wednesday and Saturday, the multi-million dollar jackpot is up for grabs.

"I don't do the birthday thing or the anniversary thing," says Redford.

"I can't tell everybody my special numbers! Yeah, I got some special numbers that I play," says Olivia. "I mean, not that I care if someone else wins, but my numbers are mine!!"

You have until 10 each night of the drawing to get your tickets. The drawing takes place at 10:59 on Wednesday and Saturday's. You have the option of taking the cash sum, or the annual payout over 29 years. Remember, those payouts are taxed from the jackpot each time someone wins.

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