Powerball-mania as jackpot reaches $300 million

Drawing is Wednesday night at 10:59 P.M.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – People are lining up at the Country Trading Post in Chicopee and crossing their fingers, as they purchase tickets for Wednesday night’s $300 million Powerball drawing.

The enticing welcome sign at the Trading Post entrance helped bring in the players who were feeling lucky on this day. Judy Vigneault of Ludlow remembers how she felt winning $10,000 from a scratch ticket two years ago. She said she’s got that lucky feeling again.

“My theory is if you get itchy hands, or you just feel it in your gut sometimes, and I go for that,” Vigenault said.

There have been 15 drawings since the last time someone claimed a Powerball jackpot in Early November. Trading Post owner Carl Roy told 22News that Powerball fever translates into 30 to 40 percent increase in ticket sales; people purchasing a dream for two dollars.

“That’s the magic, people think sometimes it’s too big, but they don’t buy it if it isn’t big, once the pot is big, they play,” Roy said.

Shirley Koutruba of Ludlow doesn’t play often, but she can’t ignore the big jackpot.

“Being so high, well there’s a good chance. Maybe I can buy a new car or maybe I can help the kids do something,” Koutruba said.

Powerball is played in 44 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The drawing is tonight at 10:59 P.M. You can get the results on 22News at 11, and here on WWLP.com.

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