ROANOKE, Va. – The Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are now each over $400 million and customers are cashing in at A-1 Food Mart in Roanoke hoping to cash out big.
“First off, I would probably give my family some money,” said Paul Fagg, who lives in Roanoke.
Fagg also said he’d like to give back to local animal shelters, “I love animals. I would love to help Angels of Assisi or SPCA.”
“New house, new car, vacation, plenty of good friends,” said Ricky Potter, another Roanoke man who bought lottery tickets.
“Look at early child care centers and try to renovate them and give them money to help out,” said Blacksburg native Iris Flad. “You could do a lot with that money.”
”I’d probably buy the store,” said Nemo Basnet, who works at the mart. He sold a winning $1 million scratch-off ticket in October.
Since then, they’ve sold about $100 to $200 more a day in lottery tickets.
“We are a lucky store, so you can come and buy tickets and get lucky again,” said Basnet.
The chances of winning the jackpots are about 1 in 300 million.
Nevertheless, these hopefuls are taking the gamble.