Midstate gets Powerball fever during record jackpot

MARIETTA, Pa. (WHTM) – Wednesday might have been the last day of work for Stacy Fischer.

The Columbia resident was looking to join the mega-rich when she bought a Powerball ticket.

Fischer told ABC 27 News she usually doesn’t play the lottery, but decided to buy a ticket because of the record-setting jackpot.

As of early Wednesday afternoon, the jackpot stood at a grand prize of $1.5 billion.

At one point, tickets were selling at a rate of 17,000 per minute in Pennsylvania.

“I wish them all luck,” Fischer said. “Don’t forget me.”

The Rutter’s store off Route 441 in Marietta sold $4,500 worth of tickets Tuesday night and expected to double that total on Wednesday.

“People are buying tickets that never bought them before,” store manager Kelly Bosley said.

Winners could take the cash payout, which is more than $900 million. In order to get the $1.5 billion, you need to take the payments in installments over the next 30 years.

The payout is almost enough for Woody Paules to buy his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. According to Forbes, the Steelers are worth one $1.9 billion.

“I’d buy a season ticket for sure,” Paules said. “I would do a lot more hunting and fishing that I can’t do right now.”

Bill Skirboll of Marietta was starting to plan what he would do with the money.

“I would take care of my kids, my grandkids, and have one hell of a time,” he said.

If no one hits the jackpot Wednesday night, the jackpot is expected to jump past $2 billion.

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