Midlands gas stations awash in Powerball ticket sales

Published: Jan. 11, 2016 at 8:49 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2016 at 8:49 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - People in the Midlands are keeping hope alive of winning the Powerball after the jackpot reached a staggering $1.4 billion on Monday.

The Obama gas station on North Main Street in Columbia continues to be a popular spot to buy tickets. Over the last few years the store has sold several winning tickets ranging from a few hundred dollars to $2 million.

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In the last week,  the gas station has sold close to $30,000 worth of Powerball tickets.

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For Saturday's drawing they sold almost $9,000 in tickets in one day. And the customers keep coming back, hoping this time, their numbers are called.

"I would have never imagined how many people we sold to last week and I don't know what going to happen this week coming up," station worker Aziz Nagi said. "It's going to be the worst because nobody hit the jackpot yet so probably everybody will be rushing into it and I'm thinking about trying to talk to the lottery people to see if I can get two machines because we'll be getting real busy."

The drawing is Wednesday night.

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