Powerball drawing reaches record $500 million jackpot

Powerball drawing reaches record $500 million jackpot (Image 1)

Wednesday night's Powerball drawing is expected to exceed a record high of $500 million, and it's causing a buzz around the country. 

The previous top Powerball prize was $365 million won in 2006 by a group of ConAgra Foods workers in Nebraska.

Wednesday morning, Drew's Market off of Interstate 40 on Davidson Drive in west Nashville celebrated the record Powerball drawing with consolation prizes for customers who purchased a ticket.

On Tuesday, Nashville's News 2 visited an area gas station that has produced its fair share of lottery winners.

“It's a really lucky store,” employee Mike Fawzy said of the Antioch Shell Station located on Smith Springs Road.   “We've got a bunch of players and it's like No. 1 in Nashville and No. 2 in Tennessee [in terms of winners].”

Fawzy estimates the convenience store's payout is about $1.5 million in winnings each year.

Within the last week alone, two customers won a combined total of $3,600 with tickets from the store.

Many have been lining up at the Antioch Shell Station hoping to get a cut of Wednesday night's $500 million jackpot.

“We've been really busy, since Saturday and we've been busy since then and I think it's going to be much busier [Wednesday],” Fawzy said.

While Fawzy isn't quite sure what makes the Shell station so lucky, these customers hope some of that luck rubs off on them.

“I win $20 here, $30 there, $40 here, $40 there, but I want to hit it big,” lottery player Vincent Swanier told Nashville's News 2.

Many Powerball players already have plans on how they'd spend the money.

“I'd buy everything, I'd give money to my mom, donate money to the churches,” said Swanier.

“I would help my family, I would pay off all my bills and I would help some people less fortunate,” Michele Spriggs added.

“I'm going to pay off every bill I owe, make some wonderful donations and have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year,” Tarsha Coley said.

Tickets must be purchased for the big drawing by 8:59 p.m. CT Wednesday night.

Net proceeds from sales of lottery tickets in Tennessee, currently a weekly average of over $5.3 million, fund specific education programs, including college scholarships and after-school programs.

Read more at TNLottery.com.

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