Odds of winning are 1 in 175 million, but that hasn't stopped people from heading into local gas stations, grocery and convenience stores for their shot at the record $425 million Powerball jackpot.
Kris Danner, of Marshalltown, bought a couple Powerball tickets over the noon hour at Fareway Monday and the long odds didn't deter her.
"I've got just as good of chance at winning as anybody," Danner said. "It might as well be me."
A customer fills in his numbers on a Powerball ticket for a chance to win the $450,000 jackpot Monday.
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Fareway employee Laura Jefferson, left, hands Kris Danner, of Marshalltown, her Powerball ticket Monday at the store. The jackpot for the drawing Wednesday night is $425 million.
Fareway Manager Harold Youngblood said he noticed Powerball sales increased before Saturday's $325 million drawing, which didn't net a winner. He is expecting another push before the 10 p.m. Wednesday drawing, with nearly a half a billion dollars on the line.
"I'm sure there's going to be another burst before Wednesday," Youngblood said. "There's a lot of dreaming going on and a lot of excitement."
There is also no shortage of places to buy Powerball tickets as the Iowa Lottery website indicates there are 21 places in Marshalltown alone. Terry Rich, CEO of the Iowa Lottery, said when the jackpot is this big it gets people talking about what they would do with the money.
"The lottery is a dream event - like a couple bucks for attaining a dream," Rich said.
These jackpots in the hundreds of millions also draw more than the regular players.
"At these big jackpots, a lot of occasional players jump back in," Rich said.
The biggest Iowa Lottery jackpot won in Marshalltown was $1 million, which Ricky Rushton cashed in on a Powerball win in 2009.
The previous record jackpot in Powerball nationwide was $365 million won in Nebraska in 2006. In 2012, there are have been two Powerball winning numbers from Iowa, each winning more than $200 million.