Americans flock to buy Powerball tickets ahead of $425M drawing - WKRN News 2

Americans flock to buy Powerball tickets ahead of $425M drawing

Posted: Updated: Aug 7, 2013 09:53 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Americans in 43 states lined up at convenience stores, gas stations and newsstands Wednesday to take a shot at winning $425 million in the Powerball lottery.  

The winner of the jackpot can either opt for 30 annual payments valued at $425 million or the lump sum of $244.7 million.  

Many hopeful winners News 2 spoke with prior to the drawing all said they had big plans if they won the prize money.

"We are on vacation right now, so I probably wouldn't go home," tourist Ken Piontkewoski said, adding. "I'd spend a few more days in Nashville."

If no one strikes it rich following Wednesday night's drawing, officials said next Saturday's drawing could possibly reach a world record amount.

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