Locals feel Powerball fever as jackpot increases to $1.5 billion

KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (WNCN) – It’s the largest lottery jackpot in history and millions of people hope they have the winning numbers.

The prize has climbed to an estimated $1.5 billion.

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With a few more hours before Wednesday night’s drawing, people are flocking to convenience stores in hopes of purchasing the winning ticket.

One store in Knightdale, known for selling winning tickets, expects business to pick up Wednesday. The store owners said they’ll sell tickets until 10:30 p.m. or later, depending on when the lottery commission shuts off the machines.

Although most everyone is feeling “jackpot fever,” one state law makers is warning people not to let the thrill of winning overwhelm them.

Rep. Skip Stam said the jackpot is not what it seems and the advertised value of the winnings greatly exaggerates the prize.

Terry Daughtry, one Powerball player, said, “Everybody’s got an opinion about it, like I said, I don’t fish, hunt, or play golf so this is my form of entertainment you might say.”

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