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People all across Portland scramble to snatch up Powerball tickets in time for drawing

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The estimated Powerball jackpot is up to $1.5 billion dollars and once again that enormous amount of money is tempting people all over to run out and buy a ticket. 

Employees at Lamb’s Thriftway Marketplace in Garden Home say they’ve sold thousands of dollars worth of tickets in the last day. Their lottery machine was completely full of money just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, so they had to temporarily pause sales so they could empty it and start it back up again, according to the manager.

It was back up and running minutes later and customers lined up once again. 

“How could you pass this up,” said shopper Scott Maslen.  “You can’t win if you don’t play.”

That’s the line of thinking that has religious lottery players and those who’ve never played at all lining up to buy a Powerball ticket

“I came to get Ginger ale and buy a lotto ticket,” said shopper Maggie Beck.

Employees at Lamb’s Thriftway Marketplace in Garden Home say they’ve rarely seen their lottery machine empty in the past couple of days and ticket sales have never been stronger.

“I’m just here on my break time with a little donut, mix it in with Powerball, I’ve got donuts for life,” said Adrian Ulloa.

Donuts for life and then some. The $1.5 billion jackpot could buy just about anything you could want. Of course, that is before taxes.

“That’s the tough one, if it wasn’t before taxes I could probably do something with it,” joked shopper Steve Grow. “I’d probably obviously retire and take care of a lot of people I think.”

But even with taxes factored in, if the lucky winner takes the immediate cash buyout that’s a still a staggering $930 million dollars in their pocket, according to lottery officials.

And even though officials say the odds of matching all six numbers to win that jackpot are one in 292.2 million, it's that minuscule glimmer of hope that has people everywhere rolling the dice.

“It’s just that one ticket that could win and that’s why everyone wants to you know grab the golden ring," said Beck. “I don’t know what someone would do with that much money, but I hope someone who deserves it wins and then shares it with needy people.”

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