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Locals Feeling Lucky in Powerball Jackpot

BINGHAMTON -- Now imagine being able to pay off all those student loans. Well if you win Saturday's Powerball lottery-- you can-- and then some.

It is Powerball's biggest jackpot in history: $600,000 million dollars. At a local Hess gas station, employees say pretty much every other customer has been buying tickets-- sometimes even shelling out $100 dollars for a shot at winning.  customers say knowing they have a chance-- even a small one-- drives them to try their luck in the lottery.

"We have this one [daughter] going to college in the next four years so we have to pay for that.  I couldn't imagine that much money," said Tom McCoy of Marlborough, NY.

The drawing takes place Saturday at about 11 PM.  And if there is no winner, the prize will go up to nearly 1 billion dollars for the next round. .

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