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People cross state lines to try their luck at $500 million Powerball jackpot

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The Exxon station on Stateline Road is always busy, but Wednesday lines are nearly out the door with people from Mississippi trying their luck in the Tennessee lottery's $500 million Powerball jackpot.

Crossing the state line hoping to cash-in, residents from the Magnolia State lined up at the gas station and food mart on Riverdale and Stateline Road to have their chance at the jackpot.

"I'll try it. I ain't never done it before so hopefully I'll get lucky," said Craig Cooley.

Taking a gamble is not new to Mississippians who have Tunica casinos right up the road, but lottery fever is high.

Saturday night's drawing produced eight $1 million tickets. A $1 million dollar ticket was sold in Collierville last Wednesday.

Royce Crowley drives from Olive Branch a couple of times a month in hopes of striking it rich.

"I feel lucky but I haven't won yet," said Crowley.

Chopper 5 flew over the store Wednesday afternoon as Tennessee lottery officials prepared for the big drawing by hanging Powerball banners and handing out giveaways inside.

The store owner has a winners wall of fame hung high at the cash register for all to see, and although the store has never sold a winning Powerball ticket, that is not stopping these customers from trying to beat the odds.

"Hopefully if I get some money it would be a lot of help for me and my family," said Cooley.

The chance to win Wednesday's prize is about one in 175 million. It's more likely that you'll die from a lightning strike, be crushed by an asteroid, or be attacked by a shark.

However, there's still a small (very small) chance you may win.

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