LOTTERY MANIA: Iowans Dream Of $600 Million Jackpot

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The Powerball numbers for Saturday are: 10,13,14, 22, 52 and Powerball number is 11.

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In the past year, Terry Rich and the Iowa Lottery have given out a lot of money.

The $241 million dollars won by the “Shipping 20″ in Cedar Rapids in June of 2012 and the $202 million dollars claimed by Mary and Brian Lohse are just a fraction of the $600 million dollars up for grabs Saturday night.

“We know a lot of people are excited about buying. We know a lot of people are excited about dreaming,” said Terry Rich, CEO of the Iowa Lottery.

At Dahl’s on Ingersoll Avenue, lines of dreamers gathered at the courtesy counter all afternoon long.

Carroll Hamill bought three tickets.

After helping out friends and family and paying off some debt, she has just one goal if she’s the big winner.

“I would fix up my existing house. That would basically be it,” said Hamill.

Denny McCauley says he’s never matched more than two numbers, but he’s not alone.

The chances of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175.2 million.

This time he has a strategy he thinks may improve his odds.

“I’ve been in four different states and bought tickets in four different states,” McCauley told Channel 13 News.

The Powerball excitement wasn’t only at the ticket counters.

At the Downtown Farmers Market, people were more than happy to share their plans.

“I would start a college education fund for my grandchildren. I have three of them,” said Steven Brincks.

“We’d pay off some debt and get some new equipment for our softball team. We need new uniforms,” said Ryan and Rachael Harms.

Lottery officials say more than 80% of Powerball combinations have been purchased.

It’s likely someone will win tonight. It might as well be an Iowan.

“Iowans do win. We’re really excited about that,” said Rich.

If no one wins tonight Powerball jackpot, Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich estimates Wednesday’s jackpot will approach a record $1 billion dollars.