Huge lottery jackpots spark ticket sales

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Two massive jackpots are driving lottery ticket sales in northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

Folks with Powerball fever bought some tickets Saturday night at Anthracite Newsstand in downtown Wilkes-Barre, a few hours before the drawing.

The jackpot grew to an estimated $640 million after no one hit the grand prize in the twice-a-week game since last September. That’s also the last time someone hit the Mega Millions grand prize jackpot.

It’s swelled to $850 million dollars after no one hit it big last night. With so much prize money on the line, lottery vendors say they are seeing heavy ticket sales.

“A lot of new time people too, they don’t know how to fill out the paperwork or what numbers to pick, a lot of people who haven’t played before,” said Carol Shuleski, Manager, Anthracite Newsstand.

“I don’t think nobody is expecting that amount of money, not used to having that amount, but give back, try to do the good things in life,” said Lamar Brown, lottery player.

If nobody hits all of the Powerball numbers tonight, the next drawing will be Wednesday.

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