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Powerball Players Eyeing $400 Million Prize

Jackpot Is 5th Largest In U.S.

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tri-State residents with big dreams were sure to be checking their tickets Wednesday night, after the night’s $400 million Powerball drawing.

The winning numbers were 7, 10, 22, 32, 35, and Powerball 19.

The jackpot is the fifth largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

The latest big bonanza is fueled by changes Powerball made last year to boost jackpots, including hiking the price of a single ticket from $1 to $2. The odds of winning the jackpot are 175,223,510-to-1.

“They’re long, but you know, I’ve always played,” Tony MacPherson told CBS 2′s Tony Aiello at American Deli in Harlem on Wednesday. “You get in. You just never know. I’d rather be in and have a shot than not be in and have no shot.”

“God knows I deserve it,” added Preston Hale III. “Might not deserve it, but I need it.”

Some New Yorkers were already planning how they might spend their fortune.

“I would just report to work, fire my boss and then head to Florida,” MacPherson said.

“Go traveling a little bit and get me a nice white BMW,” said Patricia Robinson.

The winning numbers were drawn from a studio in Florida using machines made by a company in Edgewater Park, N.J.

At Eagle Liquor in Passaic, N.J., ticket buyers lined up hoping the store was good luck. In March, Eagle Liquor sold Pedro Quezada a winning Powerball ticket worth $338 million.

“This store here, they had a Pick 5 winner. They had a $20,000 scratch-off,” Anthony, who bought $20 worth of Powerball tickets, told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck. “Yeah, this store is a very lucky store, man.”

Mega Millions might soon steal a page from Powerball’s playbook as officials look for ways to increase jackpots. They plan to boost the initial grand prize to $15 million.

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