Powerball set at $301 million; drawing to be held tonight - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Powerball set at $301 million; drawing to be held tonight

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Many are hoping to win the Powerball jackpot of $301 million. (WFSB) Many are hoping to win the Powerball jackpot of $301 million. (WFSB)
ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) -

Customers flocked to stores in Connecticut to get Powerball tickets in hopes of winning the jackpot of $301 million.

It’s the highest jackpot since February when three tickets split the $564 million prize. That hefty sum was the reason why people are flocking to stores to get their tickets before tonight’s drawing.

Eyewitness News visited gas stations throughout the state including in Rocky Hill, Newington and Manchester. All of the stores reported selling loads of tickets in mere minutes.

“$300 million dollars, there’s a lot of things I could do, I could take care of my bills, take care of my parents and probably donate some to various charities,” Earl Patrick, Manchester

East Hartford resident Chris Kidd said if he won the jackpot, he would “go on a trip somewhere and enjoy the money.” Kidd joked that he will “probably buy ten."

But, he was not alone. Kathy Sutton, of Newington, said he would also “probably go on a vacation,” if she won the prize.  

The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 175 million.

According to the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, the previous Connecticut winners are:

  • In June of 2012, Noel Peel won $60 million.
  • In 2011, the Putnam Avenue Family Trust claimed $254 million, which is the largest Powerball jackpot in state history.

Since 1995 when Connecticut joined Powerball, there have been a total of eight jackpot winners.

The drawing takes place on Wednesday night.

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