Wednesday's Powerball jackpot grows to $320 million

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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.

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Frank Bradley talks with lottery manager Lichelle Gibbs at Bodie's Shell station on 13th Street. He bought a ticket for today's Powerball drawing, which has a jackpot of at least $320 million.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Frank Bradley talks with lottery manager Lichelle Gibbs at Bodie's Shell station on 13th Street. He bought a ticket for today's Powerball drawing, which has a jackpot of at least $320 million.

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.”

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Newsflash
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Newsflash 08/14/12 - 04:29 pm
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If i win i will open....... <o)))><

If i win i will open an authentic fish and chips shop and all to go orders will be wrapped in The Augusta Chronicle . Why would you give a thumbs down to this comment. I grew up near a fish market and all fish were wrapped in a day old newspaper ! When we arrived home you checked out the news as you enjoyed your whiting dinner......maybe some folks never experienced this ? Good memories and good food..

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bdouglas 08/15/12 - 08:33 am
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"If it ain't at least $100 million, I ain't playin'..."

"Ellis Albright, of Augusta, plays Powerball only when the prize is more than $100 million."

You know, because anything less than that just isn't worth my time!
James Gregory makes some funny points about this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W70WS4vVZKw

ellingtonmichael1
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ellingtonmichael1 08/15/12 - 11:29 pm
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lottery winnings

If i win i will give most of the winnings away to needy people and charitys of my choice good luck.

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