Ticket buyers are dreaming big while stores face reality and call in extra workers to handle the frenzy whipped up by a $250 million Powerball lottery jackpot.
In Scottsbluff, Neb., the Express Mart sold hundreds of tickets Sunday to the surprise of Georgia Trump, who works at the convenience store."I usually don't hardly sell any on Sundays," she said.
In Greenwich, Conn., residents did not welcome the news that nobody had won Saturday's $183 million Powerball jackpot.
Thousands of New Yorkers have crowded into the town in recent days hoping for a chance at beating the 80-million-to-1 odds and winning the jackpot. The game is not offered in New York state.
Ashok Sheth, owner of the Greenwich Cigar Store, said people have waited up to eight hours in line to buy tickets there.
"This has created a lot of chaos and a lot of aggression toward us," he said. "It is growing absolutely out of control. This is not our primary business, and people are afraid and scared to come into the store to buy other things."
Wednesday's estimated jackpot is the largest ever available to one player, breaking the record set in May - a $195 million Powerball jackpot.
Only one lottery has given away more money. Last year's Christmas drawing in Spain - named "El Gordo" or "the Fat One" - had a $270 million purse, but the grand prize was only $2 million.
Powerball tickets are sold in Washington, D.C., Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.