Roselyn Jones purchases a few Powerball tickets from station attendant Claudia Molina at the Conoco Sunrise Market in Chattanooga, Tenn. The historic Powerball jackpot boosted to $550 million on Wednesday and could go higher.
Doug O'Keefe of Arlington Heights just purchased his 425 million powerball winning ticket, (he hopes) from Shell gas station clerk Marko Stojiljkovic on Tuesday, one day before the big drawing.
Brian Bone of Elgin buys $24 worth of Powerball tickets at the Citgo station on Larkin Avenue in Elgin Tuesday. Bone said he buys tickets "only when it gets this big."
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Powerball players have big dreams about what they'd do if they win tonight's jackpot.
Diana Deleon of Chicago just purchased her $500 million powerball winning ticket (she hopes) from Shell gas station clerk Marko Stojiljkovic on Tuesday, one day before the big drawing.
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With $550 million at stake in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, lottery ticket machines in the suburbs are getting a workout. From the frivolous to the altruistic, suburban residents ideas of how to spend the fortune. But financial planners urge restraint. "Don't make any quick decisions," one says. And buying an island is "a terrible idea."