By Rick Dayton

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Powerball jackpot has pushed passed the $300 million mark and that has people rushing to buy tickets for tonight’s drawing.

KDKA-TV’s Rick Dayton was out around town to see what people are saying about their chances of winning.

There were lots of promises of what would happen if they strike it rich.

“First, I would tithe 10 percent to my church. I would buy a 2013 van to take care of me and my family. I would give my mother and my brothers a nice portion and put up a nice portion for my children, and I would seriously try to end world hunger,” Amber Currington said.

“Buy a new house — a place I could own because I rent, another vehicle. And I have a habit. I like helping people out. I used to work for the MDA Telethon, Jerry Lewis, so donate money to them and donate for Toys for Tots,” Sherri Hilbert said.

Business is definitely brisk as people are out buying their tickets and people have some superstitions about where they buy and how they buy, but everybody wants to win $320 million.

Yet despite the hype, not everyone is buying it or buying tickets.

“My roommate plays like every weekend,” Dunnegan McKay said. “He’s gotten like two numbers right the last 35 times he’s played.”

“It’s not worth it. The odds are just astronomical. I might as well just throw $5 in the slot machine down at Rivers [Casino],” Joe Schafer said.


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