Powerball fever strikes SWFL

Posted at 10:24 PM, Feb 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 06:37:54-05

**UPDATE** --  A single Powerball ticket has beaten odds of one in 292 million to win the jackpot, estimated at $435 million, in last night's drawing.

It was the first jackpot to climb above $400 million in nearly three months. The game's website says the winning ticket was sold in Indiana. (The numbers are 10-13-28-52-61 and Powerball 2.)


The multi-state Powerball lottery jackpot hit $403 million Wednesday, sending a flurry of millionaire hopefuls into convenience stores around Southwest Florida.

"Never won a thing in my life," said Wayne Hasson.

He was on his way to buy a handful of tickets, something he does frequently.

"Every week, sometimes right up until they pick."

Eric Swaby also has his own routine, he only purchases his Powerball tickets at Pavilion Chevron in Naples.

"I stand a better chance of winning than the ones who don't play," said Swaby. "What do have to lose? Two bucks?"

But the thought of becoming an instant millionaire is overwhelming for some.

"Get my own house, stuff like that, there are a lot of things I can do with this money right,? said Oscar Martinez.

If no one wins Wednesday's jackpot it will increase again.  Last year three people split a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot.