Lottery Fever

By: Shelley Hansel
By: Shelley Hansel

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Kansans are hit by lottery fever. Wednesday night's Powerball jackpot is up to $100 Million. If you break that down to a 30 year annuity, you could be getting $3 Million a year, or get it all in one lump sum of $54.5 Million.

Wichitans are out in force buying tickets for their chance at the big prize. Shaun McCarthy admits he buys lottery tickets regularly, but seldom wins. He says if he wins this jackpot he'd pay off his bills and maybe take a few vacations. Even people who don't normally play are buying tickets. But some, even the possibility of winning more than $100 Million isn't enough to get them to buy a ticket.

Gas station employees say whenever the jackpot gets over $75 Million traffic increases quite a bit. If it gets over $150 Million, people start coming from out of state. Quik Trip plans to see a huge increase in traffic Wednesday afternoon as the drawing gets closer.

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