WBEZ | lotto http://www.wbez.org/tags/lotto Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicagoans look to win $550 million Powerball jackpot http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagoans-look-win-550-million-powerball-jackpot-104093 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Lotto Checkout.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F69241724&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The $550 million Powerball jackpot has sparked a nationwide lotto frenzy.<br /><br />The jackpot deadline prompted many who seldom gamble, if ever, to run out to the nearest convenience stores and snag a ticket.<br /><br />Here in Chicago, people lined up in droves.<br /><br />Two 7-eleven convenience stores downtown got hit with a late afternoon rush on Wednesday as people, like Tiffany Cleary, spent their last buck at a chance to win big.<br /><br />&ldquo;This is my last money before I get paid,&rdquo; Cleary said. &ldquo;This is all I have until payday.&rdquo;<br /><br />For other customers like Bobby Talley, it&rsquo;s just a matter of persistence.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m feeling lucky today,&rdquo; Talley said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been playing the same number for 30 years.&rdquo;</p><p>And of course, most ticket buyers have dreams of quitting their jobs after they hit the jackpot like Molly Garris. She and a group of her co-workers pulled together to buy fifty dollars worth of tickets.<br /><br />&ldquo;We are absolutely going to win powerball tonight,&rdquo; Garris said. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t wait to quit my job tomorrow, it&rsquo;s going to be the best moment of my life.&rdquo;<br /><br />But these lotto enthusiasts should take heed to some advice from a former jackpot winner.<br /><br />Wesley Martin of Palatine won 3.75 million dollars last year.<br /><br />&ldquo;Don&rsquo;t let it change your life,&rdquo; Martin said. &ldquo;Live your life as you always have been and don&rsquo;t let anyone talk you into anything.&rdquo;<br /><br />Martin says he played the lottery for twenty years, so he was ready when he eventually won at the age of 65.<br /><br />And if you do lose, consider this-- in Illinois, about 82 cents of each two-dollar ticket is donated to a common school fund or to help with bridges and roads.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicagoans-look-win-550-million-powerball-jackpot-104093