WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Powerball fever is sweeping the state and the entire country. Players are pooling their cash and buying up tickets for a shot at winning the largest jackpot in the world.
"$1.5 billion. I mean, even if you end up with half of that, it's too much money to contemplate," said player Jerry Dunsmore.
Sales for the mind-boggling prize are breaking records too. The Iowa Lottery says total day sales every day this week are running four to five times higher than last week and that was a record too.
Officials say chances are good that someone will match all five numbers plus the Powerball.
"About 86 percent of all those possible combinations will be covered, will be purchased for tonight's drawing. That's a pretty high number," explained Mary Neubauer, with the Iowa Lottery.
"Hopefully, I can send all my grandchildren to college," said Karen Bartholomew.
The odds of winning are 1 in 292 million. Chasing that billion dollar dream is worth a few minutes wait in line and forking over a few bucks.
"We all know the odds are long. You don't get big jackpots without long odds, but at least you can say I was part of history," said Neubauer.
The record-breaking jackpot has been growing since Nov. 5.
Iowa players can buy a Powerball ticket for Wednesday night's drawing until 8:59 PM. Watch Channel 13 News at 10 -- we'll announce the winning numbers as soon as they're released.