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Historic jackpot brings Powerball fever to SWFL

Posted at 7:47 PM, May 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-07 19:59:17-04
The 7th largest Powerball jackpot in U.S. history has lotto fever running high in Southwest Florida.
 
$415 million is up for grabs in Saturday's drawing. 
 
"Almost $500 million, if I hit this lotto boy! My life, my family's life, everybody is set," said Powerball player. 
 
A win would definitely be life changing. The jackpot is the largest since January's record-setting $1.586 billion prize. 
 
"For that kind of money, I would play," said Christopher Cabezas. 
 
Despite the odds being 1 in 292 million. 
 
"I don't know if it's possible to hit it big but my mom has a lot of faith so maybe one day we might hit it," said Cabezas, who took his mother to purchase three tickets just hours ahead of the drawing. 
 
While faith guided Cabezas, others are relying on pure luck. 
 
"I do the auto pick, that's the way to win," said another Powerball hopeful. 
 
It turns out, letting the computer do the guessing is your best bet. According to Powerball, a majority of past winnners have gone with quick pick numbers. 
 
Saturday's jackpot has rolled over 18 times, since it was last won on March 2nd. A Florida man claimed the $291.4 million winning ticket in that contest.
 
Lotto hopefuls are hoping the luck will return to Florida.