Big Powerball Jackpots Changing The Way People Play

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By Eames Yates
August 8, 2013

Lowndes County, GA - Lowndes County resident Jason Lee said "oh I would absolutely go big. Going bigger is definitely going better. So if I'm going to dream I'm going to dream big, definitely bigger."

Lottery officials and store owners say that Jason Lee is part of a growing trend of consumers who don't get into the game until the pot is worth hundreds of millions.

John Zyduck/Lowndes County resident: "I'll spend money on the four hundred and fifty million dollar ticket. I mean it's worth it, if you get caught, I mean if you win then you got the money."

Three winning tickets were sold in Wednesday night's Powerball Jackpot worth nearly 450 million dollars. Chances are you didn't have one of them... But the monster payday is enough for many in Valdosta to spend their extra cash chasing the largest prize.

Lase Yountree, Lowndes County Resident: "it seduces you in a way because like I say a lot of people don't have it."

Powerball lottery sales were nearly six billion dollars this last fiscal year. But not everyone is hungry for the jackpot.

Lowndes County resident Mike Blanton said "Just give me a 7,000 dollar or a million dollar one-- that would be good for me, you know?"

Georgia lottery officials say they are running promotions and offering new scratch-offs to keep folks engaged with the instant prizes that are worth less than the jackpot.

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