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Long lines expected for Powerball jackpot

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Some lucky person could win more than $320 million this week in the Powerball lottery.

If you plan on playing, you might want to get your ticket sooner rather than later.  There could be some long lines ahead of Wednesday's drawing.

Bob Stuhmer is trying to get ahead of the game. You can tell he's a regular customer by his shirt that says "Please Lord...let me prove to you that winning the lottery won't spoil me." He's buying three tickets on Tuesday.

"You keep your fingers crossed, buy your tickets and give it a try," Stuhmer said.  "Keep trying, one of these days."

He's buying his Powerball tickets the day before the big drawing so he can avoid long lines of people all trying to get a piece of a multi-million dollar jackpot.

Dean Gowens runs the Styles Bi-Rite off Hull Street Road in Chesterfield. He's expecting and bracing for a busy day Wednesday.

"People wait until the last minute and you just can't control the crowd," Gowens said.  "There are so many tickets and the machines run only so fast and sometimes some people don't get to play."

Virginia Lottery officials say they're expecting to sell more than 2100 Powerball tickets a minute Wednesday.

"Everybody has that hope for the one time," Stuhmer said.  "This one is so big, even if you hit the second or third prize, it'll still help out big time."

The winner can opt for thirty yearly payments or a lump sum of more than $200 million before taxes.

After playing for 17 years, Stuhmer says he's due. He's matched five out of the six numbers three times, but he's never had a winning ticket.

"There is always a chance," he said.

There have been eight tickets sold in Virginia in the last two years that have won a million dollars.

The Powerball drawing will be at 11 p.m. Wednesday. 

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