With the drawing today for a Powerball lottery jackpot worth an estimated $500,000,000, Webster City residents are getting out to buy their tickets.
Local retailers have seen an influx of customers hoping to strike it big. Cathy Doughty of Doc's Stop C-Stores said she has sold four to five times the usual number of powerball tickets on Tuesday. She said she expects that multiplier to be even higher tomorrow as the drawing nears.
"There have been a lot of people today," Doughty said "But I expect it will be crazy tomorrow. At half a billion dollars I'm not surprised."
Cathy Doughty, of Doc’s Stop C-Stores and Phillips 66 in Webster City sells a Powerball ticket. Doughty has sold four to five times the usual number of Powerball tickets on Tuesday and expects those sales to continue to climb today.
Desma Pitcox of Casey's General Store on the corner of Second and Superior streets said the store had double, if not triple their regular Powerball sales in the past few days. She said powerball players are excited for the chance to win such a large sum of money.
"There was a 90 year old man in here earlier that bought a powerball ticket, and he said he was going to party anywhere in the world he wanted if he won," Pitcox said.
Several other gas stations and convenience stores did not comment on their powerball sales.
The Associated Press reports that a single winner choosing the cash option could win more than $327 million before taxes and that the chance of a winner today is near 60 percent.