Powerball and Mega Millions at record levels over $300 million

Posted at 10:35 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 12:55:52-04

For the first time ever, both the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are more than $300 million.

The odds of winning are miniscule—worse than one in 75 quadrillion, according to The TODAY Show. But if you're going to dream of winning the lottery, why not dream of winning two in the same week?

Convenience stores all over Wisconsin are buzzing with people trying to get a little luck for a buck.

"Might as well try for both," said Dave Suprak of Racine County. "The jackpots are both up there. If we win, my kids are going to be very happy."

A popular spot this week for lottery tickets, that many people don't think of was the Expo Center at the Wisconsin State Fair.

"The line for tickets has been winding around the room all week," said James Moes, an intern with Wisconsin Lottery.

Moes' job is to help bring lotto games to special events all summer.

"It keeps getting bigger, and people are noticing for sure," he said. "You don't want to say, I could have bought that winning ticket, so why not come here and try your luck?"

"I got the winning ticket right here for Mega Millions and Powerball," said Tereza Fuller. "I'm part of a lottery pool at work among nine of us coworkers, but I also got my own ticket. Don't tell! I feel lucky!"

Some lotto players are superstitious.

"I always play the same numbers," said Ray Wuerl. "They all represent birthdays. And today is my Grandson's birthday, so I think that's a sign."

Others, have to get the okay from their wife.

"I told her it was a big jackpot, so she said I could buy some tickets," said John Bosco.

And those wives know exactly how it will play out in the chance of a winning ticket.

"He'll share," said Jean Gitzlaff. He's got to give half of it to me."

If you didn't win the Powerball, there's still hope. The Mega Millions drawing is this Friday. That jackpot is already at $382 million.