TAMPA - It only costs $2 for a shot at the record-breaking $425 million Powerball jackpot drawing this Wednesday.
"Everybody's excited," said Millie Rhoads. "They have a chance to win and they're going for it."
Rhoads manages the 7-Eleven at Himes and Columbus, where the Powerball ticket printer stayed busy all day Monday.
Reggie Edwards bought a ticket Monday morning. He plans to spend his winnings conservatively.
"Take care of the bills: house, car," he said.
George Washington, however, wants to travel and buy a Mercedes.
The most expensive is the 2013 SL63 AMG, which prices out at a little more than $180,000.
"It's the cream of the crop," said AMG expert Simon Ticket. "This car has an engine that was built from scratch by one engineer."
With a $425 million jackpot, a Powerball winner could buy about 2,000 of them, and Richard Lustig says he can help your chances.
"The odds of winning Powerball are 1 in 175 million. Do you realize how insane that is?" Lustig said.
Lustig has won a lottery jackpot seven times. Now the author of "Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery," he says the major mistake people make is letting the computer choose numbers for them.
"I tell people all the time, that's one of the worst things you can do, buy quick picks," Lustig said.
The next major mistake: not signing the back of your ticket.
"Because if this is lying around in your car, they're going to take it," said attorney Joe Episcopo. "There's really no way of saying whose it is."
A final mistake: Spending too quickly. Instead, get a financial advisor and budget.
Or, you can always splurge on Slurpees like Annette Vizzi plans to do.
"I come everyday to get them," she laughed.
And with $425 million, she could buy 300 million of them.
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