Written by : Rajnish Kumar

Powerball jackpot hits record-breaking $1.6 billion, fueling ticket sales

The Powerball jackpot has surpassed a record-setting $1.6 billion,

prompting long-time players as well as first-timer alike to rush to purchase tickets for Saturday's drawing.

In the Woodman's Markets in Madison, sisters Christy Bemis and Cherrie Spencer were among the hundreds of shoppers on weekends who paid for

 their food and loaded carts, before waiting in waiting line at the lottery counters to buy their chance at winning the jackpot.

They claimed that they would almost never bought lottery tickets but they were enticed by the amount that the prize was.

"My $2 is just the same chances of winning as someone who has $2." stated Spencer.

The counter was among the most crowded areas in the grocery store -- so busy that staff created stanchions to help guide the line.

As with the majority of people waiting in line, Jim Olson, 78 was purchasing Quick Picks, randomly generated Powerball numbers, however Jim Olson doesn't always.

Olson stated that he's typically purchased the Powerball ticket at least once per drawing "virtually since they began.

" When he selects his own numbers there's no rhyme nor logic behind the way he picks them: "They just come to you. I can't explain it."

Olson's biggest prize to date? $300, which was 20 years ago Olson told reporters.

It demonstrates the extremely long odds of securing the jackpot, which is approximately 1.1% 292.2 million.

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