Powerball players flock to two former winning sites

Posted at 10:32 PM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 23:32:46-04
A steady stream of people kept the cash registers ringing in Thiensville and Pewaukee all after the same thing, Powerball tickets.
"Hoping I am the lucky one somebody has to win it," said Roberta, who did not want to give her last name.
The reason a few people said they stopped by the Mobil gas station in Thiensville was past luck.
"Back in 2005 we sold the $36 million Powerball," said Brian Knepprath, a clerk at Mobil. "It's a lucky store."
People are saying the same thing about the Mobil in Pewaukee which sold the $156 million Powerball ticket in March.
"The odds are better I'm thinking," said Koehler who was picking up tickets for a work pool.
According to Time Magazine the Midwest is very lucky when it comes to Powerball winners. Indiana, Missouri and Minnesota are one, two and three. Wisconsin ranks number six with 16 winners. But the Badger State is better off than Illinois which only has two. 
Though one financial professional says you might actually be better off losing.
"Over 70 percent of people that come across a large amount of money they end up spending that money, a lot of them, within seven years," said Trey Peterson, an associate from Haven Financial Group. "After they spend that money, for whatever reason they not only spend that but they end up in a worse spot then they were before they fell into that windfall." 
But it is still fun to dream about winning.
"Put money away for my 4 and a half-year-old son. Kinda set myself up for life," said Andrew Ostrowski, who picked up a ticket.