Powerball mania hits Michiana

Powerball mania is sweeping the nation, and the prospect of winning the largest prize in the game's history has folks everywhere rushing out to buy their ticket to a dream.

There's been a steady stream of customers lining up at Rick's 66 on Auten Road, all hoping to strike it rich. A whopping $550 million are up for grabs Wednesday night, after a ticket-buying frenzy drove up the payout amount.

And thanks to the record-high jackpot, Powerball sales at Rick's have continued to climb. Tuesday, they sold $1,100 worth. And Wednesday, they've seen even more hopeful winners come through their doors.

“In about six-and-a-half hours, we've sold $744 worth of Powerball tickets, just Wednesday,” said Jen Ferrara a Clerk at Rick’s 66. “On a good day I would say probably $200.”

Employees predict they'll be even busier Wednesday evening when folks get off work.

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