Powerball jackpot tops $245 million

TRENTON, N.J. - November 2, 2011

It's so easy to get tickets these days you don't really see lines out the door at lottery agents anymore. But that doesn't mean sales aren't brisk when the jackpot keeps growing.

And at a cool $245 million, tonight's jackpot is enough to get lottery fans to line up inside for a chance at a jackpot that could change their lives.

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First of all I would lose my mind for like a week," said Mona Spera of Hamilton Twp. "I would just walk around screaming."

"I would pay off all my bills, get out of debt, take care of my family for the rest of my life," said Darnell Pygum of Trenton.

"Probably invest it, make sure my kids and grandkids are taken care of," said Ed Milligan of Trenton.

The chance of winning, of course, is remote: about 1 in 195 million. But somebody's got to win eventually. And players say, "Why not me?"

"I do think about it, yes. It's a dream you know? Whether it comes true or not," said Gary Cleveland of Vincentown, N.J.

It doesn't matter. I'm taking my chances," said Linda Bagley of Bordentown. Bagley told us she isn't worried about the odds and says if she won she'd use some of the $245 million to pay for her son's college.

Meanwhile in Delaware Twp., Hunterdon County people are focused on POWER but not necessarily Powerball. Without electric for 5 days now, 82-year-old Grace German says just getting power would be like winning the jackpot to her!

"I'd like to have my power back. I don't care about the money really. Honest to God that's how I feel. I mean it's ridiculous," she said.

Maybe if Grace wins Wednesday night's Powerball she can BUY the power company herself to speed things up. Now THAT'S the ticket!

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