Monroe County, N.Y. – Powerball ticket sales are on the rise causing the record breaking jackpot to increase, up $75-million from Tuesday morning.
"We were hungry and so we just came to the 7-Eleven,” said Lori Willman who was in line and decided to test her luck, “oh why don't we get a Powerball ticket.”
It's a ticket that come Wednesday night, could be worth a half a billion dollars.
“We'd never have to work again,” said Margi Linder.
”It would make life much easier," said Willman.
In January, the price of a Powerball ticket increased to two-dollars. This is expected to help sales revenue reach 5-billion-dollars, exceeding last year's record sales which were just under 4-billion-dollars.
It's been over a month since someone has taken home Powerball's biggest prize, but that's not keeping people from dreaming big.
"I'd go to Europe,” said Cecilia Ward, as she bought a Powerball ticket, “vacation with my kids.”
“Give it away, I don't need 500-million-dollars,” said Linder. “I'd take a little bit of it, but a lot of it I would give away."
“Donate some and pay off my family's bills,” said Willman.
Store owners say the increasing jackpot is also increasing their sales.
“People hoping you know with the bad economy they get good luck with the Powerball,” said Mustafa Almansuri, owner of Monroe Convenience on Monroe Avenue in Rochester.
“I've seen so many people,” said Almansuri, "some of them they try to use their children's ages and Chinese fortune cookie numbers. It's a mix between that but most of them they're asking for quick pick."
Tickets for this jackpot are on sale until Wednesday at 9 p.m.