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Powerball fever spreads across the valley

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A fever is spreading across the valley -- Powerball fever.  We're talking about a quarter of a billion dollars up for grabs.

What will people do with all that money?

People lined up for a ticket -- some purchased more than one.

"I try to win..it's something of a dream," said Jerry Jones.

Jones spends about $10 a week buying lottery tickets.  This week, it's all going on Powerball tickets.  Winning would change his life.

"I'm not saying I would take the money and buy junk with it," he said.  "I would do something for humanity."

Jerry isn't alone.  Danielle wants to win too -- and make a difference.

"There's a lot of people that need help..myself and help others," she said.

She'll only buy a ticket if the jackpot is $100 million or more.

You can't miss the sign near 44th Street and McDowell Road -- it's hard to resist buying a ticket.

That billboard is right outside a Chevron gas station and it brings in customers.

"We head one this morning, spending $70 every week, a guy spends $100," said Michelle Ripley, who runs the store.

Mike Vogue doesn't play often, but took his chances on Wednesday.  He knows what he would do with it.

"I guess probably the first thing is I'd buy another home where it is a lot cooler."

But others are not tempted at all.

One man said, "No, I am not.  I just don't like the odds."

Your odds are 1 in 176 million, but someone always wins.

No one has ever won a Powerball jackpot at the Chevron, but the owners are obviously hoping it will happen.

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