Stores with past Powerball winners lure crowds

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Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Ticketholders aren't the only ones who benefit from a win like the one expected in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, estimated at $425 million so far. Stores known for selling winning tickets also see their business pick up as superstitious dreamers pour in, hoping luck will strike again.

The jackpot for Wednesday's drawing would fetch a single winner a lump-sum payment of about $244.7 million. While not close to the record $590.5 million Powerball jackpot won by a Florida woman in May, Multi-State Lottery Association executive director Chuck Strutt said if no winning combination for the major jackpot is drawn Wednesday, "we would be in world record territory" going into Saturday's drawing.

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