Local Powerball players hoping to get luck Wednesday night

Powerball jackpot sits at roughly $700-million
Posted at 9:33 AM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 18:13:07-04

KENOSHA -- Wednesday night's Powerball jackpot sits at roughly $700-million.

The odds of winning are one in 292 million. But that's not stopping some from trying.

"I'm feeling good. I'm feeling lucky," said Louise Agee, who bought a ticket at Lou Perrine's Gas & Groceries in Kenosha.

Agee said today is her birthday, so she's hoping that brings her some extra luck. She plans to purchase tickets at two or three different spots.

"I don't play the Powerball as much as some people, but I play it when (the jackpot) is high like this," Agee said. "I've got to take a shot."

Gary Smith, who plays the Powerball every week, said he's hoping his chosen lucky numbers will eventually come through.

"I play the same numbers all the time," Smith said. "They've got to win at some point. I've won a couple times with them, but nothing big."

Anthony Perrine, the owner of Lou Perrine's Gas & Groceries, said he expects the biggest rush of Powerball purchasers to arrive between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The drawing will be just before 10 p.m.

"We'll have lines. Sometimes you have to print tickets off ahead of time, just to keep up with the demand," Perrine said.

He added his business tends to benefit from large, high-profile lottery jackpots like Wednesday's because customers who drop in to buy a Powerball ticket often purchase something else.

"There's just so much foot traffic," Perrine said. "It's a good day for us. It's always good for the retail."

Perrine said his shop has sold some smaller winning tickets in the past, but never a jackpot.

He's hopeful that will change tonight.

"Today's the day. We're going to get one today," Perrine said with a smile.