Thousands of people line up for a chance to win Powerball jackpot

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Delta, LA (WJTV) – Just a few minutes ago about  a billion dollars was up for grabs in the Powerball lottery drawing.

People from several states waited in line for the chance to turn a two dollar ticket into almost a billion dollars.

“You can’t even imagine that number it would be hard to even fathom that,” said Mark Devries

“I woke up this morning and thought this could be my lucky day,” said Grace Scott.

But several people said if they cashed in the first thing they would do is give back.

“I would share to some less needy people,” said Scott.

“My friends and family wouldn’t want for anything and donate to churches and hospitals and that kind of thing and also any kind of no kill animal rescue centers for cats and dogs,” said Devries

Law enforcement tells me that more than 100 thousand  people have come to this Delta Louisiana gas station in the last week, and people continue to come today. As you can see behind me people are lining up for miles just to get a chance at this jackpot.

And the gas station district manager says she hopes to be someone’s  good luck charm.

“Everybody wants the winning numbers so I’m giving I’m telling everyone i am giving them the winning number and my name is Charlene so in case they win come back and see me,” said Charlene Abram.

Abram says traffic was so bad it clogged the nearby highway shutting it down temporarily last night, but today employees are out directing traffic.

“Yesterday they close down the main highway leading to this store because we had so  many in line we had to turn some people away, but we have security guards directing the traffic,” said Abram.

And Devries says he hopes someone from our area is holding the golden ticket.

“Hopefully someone in Mississippi wins this one that would be nice or Louisiana,” said Devries.

The powerball numbers are 32, 16, 19, 57, 34 Powerball 13

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