Powerball jackpot soars to $475M - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Powerball jackpot soars to $475M

Posted: Updated:
Mississippians made the trek across the river to purchase Powerball tickets with dreams of becoming instant multi-millionaires. Mississippians made the trek across the river to purchase Powerball tickets with dreams of becoming instant multi-millionaires.
  • Most ReadMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mississippi unemployment highest in nation

    Mississippi unemployment highest in nation

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:43:48 GMT
    June 2014, Labor Market Information Dept.June 2014, Labor Market Information Dept.
    The most recent numbers have been released and once again, Mississippi's unemployment rate has ranked highest in the nation. The national average, according to the U.S. Labor Department, is 6.2%, whileMore >>
    The most recent numbers have been released and once again, Mississippi's unemployment rate has ranked highest in the nation. The national average, according to the U.S. Labor Department, is 6.2%, whileMore >>
  • Police still investigating whether Vicksburg incident was an abduction

    Police find 2-month-old child allegedly abducted in Vicksburg

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:52:07 GMT
    According to law enforcement sources, a 2-month-old baby in Vicksburg has been found, along with the man who is accused of abducting the child.  We are told that suspect kicked in the door at 400 BayouMore >>
    The mother of the child reported that her ex-boyfriend, Kevin Buck, entered her house and took the child without her permission.
    More >>
  • Tropical wave development possible, not likely

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:19:08 GMT
    There is currently a lot of misinformation (and fear) floating around the Internet about the development of a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean threatening the Gulf Coast of the United States late next week.More >>
    There is currently a lot of misinformation (and fear) floating around the Internet about the development of a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean threatening the Gulf Coast of the United States late next week.More >>

After Powerball fever hit Wednesday with the jackpot at $360 million, the third highest in history, there are sure to be even more hopefuls as the winning total soars to $475 million with no Wednesday winner.

Thousands of lottery hopefuls in the Magnolia State hit the road to try their luck.

Mississippians made the trek across the river to purchase Powerball tickets with dreams of becoming instant multi-millionaires.

While lines of ticket purchasers didn't quite fill up the parking lots in the $360 million jackpot, sales did increase.

"I'd share with my family, including you," said Charles Dampier.

When it comes to work, the Clinton resident said he would get things in order before walking out the door on his nine-to-five.

"First of all I'd make sure I got the winning numbers first and then I'd make plans, get a lawyer and make sure my money's in the right spot, and then I would quit my job," smiles Dampier.

Some lottery players have special numbers they always play like birthdays and anniversaries. Others rely on the computer to choose what they hope is the winning combination.

"Everybody from Mississippi [is] coming over to Louisiana to buy lottery tickets, and Mississippi and Alabama [are] the only states that don't have the lottery. Looks like we could get it. All this tax would be coming to our state," said Mark Bonner of Bolton.

According to the lottery web site, the most recent Powerball jackpot won in Louisiana was $85.7 million in July of 2010. Players say its about time for a Mississippian to take home the big prize.

Angela Miller of Vicksburg will take a Caribbean cruise if she wins.

"Most of the winners are way up north somewhere. It's never here in the hometown where the poor people are that really need that type of money. I still need insurance benefits so I will continue to work after I win the $360 million. I play the lottery all the time, hoping one day my number will come up," said Miller.

After no one was able to claim Wednesday night's $360 million prize, the jackpot amount rose to $475 million. The take home for the top prize would be a lump sum $302 million. The next chance to win is Saturday night. Check out previous winning numbers and locations to buy your ticket.

Copyright 2013 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.