GREENSBORO N.C. -- Teachers, nurses and people from all walks of life traded their two dollars for a chance at $1.5 billion.
In the hours before sales closed for the Powerball drawing interest in the lottery game hit a fever pitch.
“I never play the lottery -- I'm not a lottery player -- but this is just entertainment, it’s just fun,” said Natarsha Foster, a teacher from Greensboro.
But it’s more than just fun with such a big jackpot at stake. The proof can be seen in the sales made at just one convenience store. Murphy’s Express near Interstate 85 and Elm-Eugene Street sold close to 3,200 Powerball tickets, which generated more than $13,000 in ticket sales.
When the store manager checked just before 4 p.m. only around 1,300 tickets had been sold accounting for close to $5,700 in sales.
Many ticket holders told FOX8 they dreamed of spending the prize money on beach houses, mountain retreats, new cars and paying off debt. But others said they would spread the wealth around.
“The first part I would give away is obviously to the church and then from there -- a lot of people would be happy because you have to share your happiness,” said Jody Roberts, a woman who lives in Oak Ridge.
“I will spread the love,” said Scott Vellies, another ticket buyer. “It could help a lot of homeless people.”
Vellies said he wouldn’t forget about the store that sold him the winning ticket.
“If I won I'd come back and give them some -- it’s a lot of money,” said Vellies.