Powerball Ticket Sales Surge Despite Low Odds of Winning

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SACRAMENTO--

This week in America, all you need is $2 and a dream to become an instant billionaire.

Luck and a small probability provided enough hope for so many.  A line snaked around a South Sacramento liquor store; because few can resist the possibility of more than $1.5 billion.

"Whew! That's a lot of money. That's a lot of money!" said Mary Taylor

It's hard not to fantasize about all the ways life would change instantly.

"I'd buy my grandson a big church," said Taylor.

Another man said he would take care of his entire family, someone else told FOX40 his winnings would go toward a ministry.

Whether the ideas are noble or just plain selfish, everyone's chances of winning were one in 292.2 million.

There's a better chance of dying from a shark attack or becoming president.

And if the Powerball winner were to share the jackpot with all 322 million people in the United States, we'd all be about $4.60 richer.

"We just have one of those crazy rolls where the luck is not coming in for anyone, so it continues to grow and grow and grow," said California Lottery Spokesperson Alex Traverso.

Traverso says there's an 86 percent chance someone would win Wednesday night's drawing.

"There's still a chance, a 14 percent chance that maybe we roll.  If we do roll we're estimating a $2 billion jackpot on Saturday night," Traverso said.

Wednesday's drawing was scheduled for 7:59 p.m.

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