FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --The largest lottery jackpot in history is keeping convenience stores busy. It has grown to $1.5 Billion and store owners are expecting long lines before the lucky numbers drop Wednesday night.
There are not enough numbers on Powerball signs to keep up with the jackpot. It keeps growing, ticket sales keep going up and it's been really good for business at the Fast and Easy at First and Shields in Fresno. The owner, Vinny Vohra said, "When the customer comes, they will buy some snacks, beer, gas of course, car wash-- stuff like that too."
Randy Abrera is one of those customers. He already had a ticket but stopped on his way to class to get an energy drink and a second chance at the money. "I'm gonna buy another ticket here, you know, different strategy," Abrera said.
Dylan Bennet had a strategy based on loyalty. He shops at this store all the time and he calls the owner a friend, "Yeah-- fingers crossed, right? Fingers crossed," he added.
Many consider this Fast and Easy to be lucky because $213 Million dollar ticket was sold here in 2013, which is one of the main reasons it gets so busy when the jackpot is so big. "You appreciate that-- good for the economy and good for your city," Vohra said.
Vohra says the store sold $15,000 in tickets last Wednesday. He's expecting to see record numbers again this week and he'll have extra people working to keep the lines moving.