Lottery Hopefuls Play the Odds
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Millions of lottery hopefuls waited in anticipation for a Powerball winner this Wednesday, but no one had the golden ticket. Now the stakes are even higher. Folks continue to buy not only new Powerball tickets, but Mega Millions tickets too.
As the stakes climb it seems consumer confidence does too.
"I feel like a winner already," said one lottery hopeful at Orchard Mesa Market.
Don Hockenhull, another lottery hopeful, said, "My son graduated from high school so I thought that was pretty lucky, so I figured I'd just come down and buy some tickets and see what happens."
"I want the million dollars!" another person said as they handed over their money to the cashier.
With the Powerball jackpot at an estimated $600 million and Mega Millions just below $200 million, triumph is in the air.
"We just hope we win one day," said Jeannie Sanford.
Sandra Clark, store manager at Orchard Mesa Market, said, "Oh yeah, everybody is hopeful that they're going to win. They already have plans."
"I feel like a winner because you're interviewing me already, so this is going to be what it's supposed to be like, right?" said customer Jesse Corona.
However, if you are the lucky one to conquer those odds, financial planner Mike Berry has some advice.
"Slow down. It really deserves some time to think through and do things the right way. I think too many times people spend it really fast or they blow it and they don't have it after a few years, because the didn't slow down," Berry advises.
While winning can happen in an instant, figuring out what to do with that amount of cash may be worth sitting on.
The Mega Millions winner will be announced on Friday and the Powerball winner on Saturday.