Posted at: 11/28/2012 10:43 PM
Updated at: 11/28/2012 10:47 PM
By: Steph Crock
(ABC 6 News) -- It is the largest Powerball Jackpot in history. If you didn't get a ticket, it's too late.
The numbers are: 5 23 16 22 29, Powerball 6.
People nationwide have been flocking to stores for a shot at a life changing win. Wednesday we talked with a man who knows a little something about that.
It's hard to even imagine winning a Lotto Jackpot of any kind, let alone one worth half a billion bucks. Not too long ago Rodney Hegna won it big, off of a scratch off. “It was amazing, it was unbelievable," he said.
A million dollars richer, the Hayfield man says it changed his life. "It just takes the worries off of where your next pay check is coming from, or how you’re going to pay for things," said Hegna. A good way to pay the bills and buy some really nice things, but that's nothing compared to this Powerball Jackpot.
"I don’t know, I would probably have a heart attack," laughed Hegna. Rod's buddy thinks he's got him beat. "Yeah Rod, this is $550 million, compared to your one million!" laughed friend Jeff Ehmke. You might think he is over confident, but he's certainly not the only one who thinks he's holding the winning ticket.
"Well they always ask for the winning ticket, then I always say, well I have mine at home!" laughed Casey's General Store Employee Renae Bakke.
"I feel really lucky," said lottery player Kathy Reed."
"I got the winning ticket, I'm going to win it," said Ehmke.
Plus, you can’t win unless you play, right? That's why I bought what I thought was the winning ticket. However, I wasn't playing with very good odds, actually they’re terrible. The chance of winning is 1 in 175 million.
Plus I just bought the one, unlike other people buying by the dozens. "I'm busy," said Bakke while selling tickets.
That was at the same Casey's General Store where Rod won his million. "A little over a $1,000 worth of sales on tickets so far," said Bakke.
Even Rod’s getting in on the action. "I got five," he said, hoping luck can strike twice.