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Southeast Texans catch "Powerball fever"

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Lottery officials released the winning numbers for the largest multi state Powerball jackpot: 22, 10,13,14, 52 and the Powerball number is 11.

$600 million dollars... that's all anybody had on their mind at the Dos Amigas convenience store Saturday, as people flocked to get their Powerball ticket.

"Today I bought 5 (tickets)," said one customer.
     
"I'm going to buy about $20 worth," said another.

$600 million is the largest jackpot in Powerball history, and most people already knew how they'd spend their winnings.

Many people said they would give most of the money to their mom, one man said he would give 10% to his church, then do whatever his wife wanted to do with the money.
     
The clerks at Dos Amigas said they sold $3,000 worth of Powerball tickets on Friday alone, and expect to sell about $5,000 worth by the end of Saturday.

One expert said you had a better chance of getting struck by lightning, or hitting two consecutive holes in one in a round of golf. But people seemed to think their chances of winning were better at Dos Amigas, because the store has sold winning tickets in the Texas Lotto and Mega Millions in years past.

No matter how slim their chances are of winning, Southeast Texans definitely had Powerball fever.

One winning ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Florida, according to David Bishop, deputy secretary of Florida lottery.

The largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was $656 million in the Mega Millions game in March 2012. That was split by three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

If there had been no winner in Saturday's Powerball, the jackpot would have shot up to $925 million for Wednesday's drawing, according to Kelly Cripe, spokeswoman for the Texas Lottery, which is part of the multistate lotteries.

The Powerball game is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A single ticket costs $2, and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510.

Hate to break it to you, but you stand a better chance of walking onto the golf course and hitting two consecutive holes in one than winning the jackpot.

But that didn't stop hundreds from driving to the Trex Mart in Dearborn, Missouri, store where one of two winning tickets sold in last year's $587 million Powerball drawing.

About 100 people an hour were buying tickets at the store.

At a convenience store in Riverside, Missouri, Jim Mansell said he was only buying one ticket.

"I figure if the good Lord intends you to win, you only need one ticket," he told CNN affiliate KCTV5. "But I don't know if the good Lord believes in gambling or not."

In Florida, winners must claim prizes at a state lottery retailer or lottery district office on or before the 180th day after the drawing. Any Powerball retailer in the state can validate a winning ticket.

CNN contributed to this report

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