Powerball fever hits Hampton Roads

(WAVY/Walter Hildebrand)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Powerball fever has taken over Hampton Roads, where folks are hoping to win the unprecedented $1.5 billion.

At the 7-Eleven on Frederick Boulevard in Portsmouth, one customer bought a whopping 220 tickets. By 3 p.m., over $3,300 worth in tickets had been purchased Wednesday alone, according to owner Jerry Masters.

According to Virginia Lottery Spokesman John Haggerty, over $5 million worth had been purchased statewide by the early afternoon.

Haggerty told 10 On Your Side he expects over $20 million worth to sell by the end of the day, just in Virginia. He called the sales “uncharted territory.”

Haggerty said that the jackpot won’t rise for Wednesday’s drawing. But if no one wins big, the jackpot will rise to $2 billion for Saturday’s drawing.

 

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