Frank Bradley, of Augusta, placed his luck on winning the $320 million Powerball jackpot on a single ticket purchased Tuesday at Bodie’s Shell station on 13th Street.
He won’t watch tonight’s drawing, however, because he doesn’t like the anxiety. Bradley would rather find out from someone else the next day.
“Hopefully, tomorrow, I’ll be a rich man,” he said Tuesday. “Even if I don’t win it, I hope someone can be blessed with it. The whole world can use it.”
The amount has been growing since June 27. The jackpot was $305 million after no one matched all six numbers in the multistate lottery drawing Saturday night.
Lichelle Gibbs, Bodie’s Shell’s lottery manager, said lines will be long at the store today. A winning Powerball ticket has never been sold at the store, but she hopes a customer picks the lucky numbers soon.
“You always want to see your regulars hit that big one,” Gibbs said.
A single winner today can collect the prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments or take a lump sum cash option of $213 million.
The odds of winning the jackpot were 1 in 175 million Tuesday, according to the Georgia Lottery. The chances of winning any smaller prize amount were 1 in 32.
The largest Powerball jackpot was $365 million in February 2006.
In March, several people split a $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, the largest ever.
Ellis Albright, of Augusta, plays Powerball only when the prize is more than $100 million. If he strikes it big Wednesday, he plans to start a foundation to send his daughter and others to college.
“I don’t need all of it,” Albright said. “Just a little bit will make me happy.”