Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 19, 2014

Residents try luck for $400 million Powerball jackpot

BLUEFIELD — Convenience stores across the two Virginias are busy selling Powerball tickets for the big $400 million dollar drawing tonight.

People were lined up at the Corner Mart in Bluefield, Va., Tuesday evening in hopes of being the next big winner. And everyone always thinks about what they would do with the money if they won.

Ray Gentle, of Bluefield, said he would take a nice vacation to Jamaica.

“I would take a nice vacation for about two months. I would also like to fix up the playgrounds in the area, especially the one at Midway. I would make sure I took it upon myself to get them in good shape,” Gentle said.

Cashiers at the Corner Mart said Tuesday was busy but today will be even worse.

Reese Moore, of Bluefield, Va., said he would pay off bills, help charities and give some to family.

Some convenience stations are also seeing some big spenders.

“I have seen a lot of traffic for the lotto, but I know I will see a lot more today. I have already had several $100 buyers,” Jim Boyd, cashier at Hometown Shell, said.

Another woman buying lottery tickets, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “I would be sure to give back to my parents who helped me pay for college. I would make a donation to charity, take a trip around the world and save the rest of the money to help me in the future.”

Another convenience store hasn’t seen a lot of lottery traffic yet, but knows what is coming.

“I haven’t see a lot of traffic, but I know this place will be packed today. When the lottery gets high like this it is always crazy,” Brittany Nester, cashier at the Swift Mart in Bluefield said.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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