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Lotto fever hits South Florida

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - Are you feeling lucky? The drawing for the $220 million Powerball jackpot is Wednesday night. People have been buying up their tickets all day long at lottery retailers around South Florida and plenty of people in Palm Beach County already have big plans for their Powerball winnings.

With $220 million up for grabs, Robert Keller of West Palm Beach is dreaming big. "I'm going to share it with my family and I'm going to spend it on my hobbies which are boating, fishing and cars," he says.

However, Keller won't be getting just one new boat and one new car. "I'll get new cars and new boats!" he said happily.

George Bostic has grander plans. "I want to buy half of Peanut Island. All of it, if I can. $220 million? I'm going to do whatever I want," he says.

While Bostic scopes out his soon-to-be new island, lottery retailers like the 7-11 store on Congress Avenue in suburban West Palm Beach have been printing up potential prize winning tickets all day. The cash value is $118 million, but that's more than enough for some people to make big changes. "Quit. Quit my job," laughed one woman.

Your odds of winning? According to lottery strategists, about 195 million to one. Still, someone has to win. Why not you? "You never know. It could be this store," said Marilyn Davis of Lake Worth.

Some would-be millionaires, like Davis, have their own ways of increasing their chances. "The Quick Picks seem to be the ones that work the best, as far as winning," she said. "I do win, a hundred dollars here, a thousand dollars there."

Maybe Davis is holding the winning ticket, or any one of a number of lucky South Floridians. "That's the winning ticket right here," said Keller, displaying his Powerball printout.

"This is it," insisted Bostic, holding on to his ticket.

Everyone will have to wait to see who is right.

If you are looking for a "lucky" store, a number of lottery retailers around South Florida have helped make people richer, including the 7-11 on Congress Avenue in suburban West Palm Beach. Ten years ago, someone bought the winning Fantasy Five ticket there. It was worth $500,000.

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