People rush to local stores to buy Powerball

Posted at 10:06 AM, Jan 13, 2016

Many of you woke up this morning with one thing on your mind: winning the Powerball.

The big drawing is tonight and a lot of people are hoping they have the magic numbers on their tickets.

Gas stations and party stores are gearing up for the big rush. Customers started coming in to the Quality Dairy on West Mount Avenue as early as 6 a.m. to buy their tickets, all in hopes of winning that $1.5 billion Jackpot.

Folks are grabbing their coffee and donuts, plus Powerball tickets. We're told the big lines really kick in after work, and a lot of folks are spending hundreds on the tickets. A lot of those are part of office ticket pools.

It is the largest jackpot ever. Plus, it could get even bigger before the numbers are announced tonight.

The odds of hitting the jackpot on a single ticket are one in 292.2 million, but that's not stopping people from dreaming about being rich.

Players are pulling out all the stops in hopes of waking up a billionaire tomorrow morning.

If you do win, experts say do not tell anyone, instead call an attorney.

Delete all social media accounts, and change your phone number and address too if possible.

As of last night, Michigan lottery players bought more than 4.4 million tickets just yesterday for tonight's drawing.

The cutoff time to get your tickets is 9:45 p.m. Regardless of the odds, lottery players say you have zero chance of winning if you don't play.