Homerun Foods cashier Shontavia Jefferson prints out a Powerball ticket for a customer Friday afternoon. The Geogia Lottery Powerball game prize has climbed to over $325 million for Saturday night's drawing.
ALBANY -- Stores selling Powerball tickets have seen an increased interest in the game lately.
That's not surprising, considering that tonight's jackpot is supposed to be $310 million -- the largest Powerball jackpot since Georgia began selling tickets in 2010.
Tamika Smith, a cashier at Homerun Foods on Gillionville Road, said many of the "regulars" that usually do two or three plays in quantity are going as high as 20 plays.
While there have been upticks in sales before, Smith indicated that the increase this time is slightly above what has been experienced in previous periods of high demand.
"Sales are going up more than usual," she said.
Melissa Williams, the manager of Woodall's based on North Slappey Boulevard, said that the store's customers generally focus more on Mega Millions, but said there is a good chance there has been an increase in sales during the evening shift in recent days.
Some of the increase, if any, said Williams, can probably be partly attributed to the existence of a $1 coupon for Powerball -- which effectively gives players another chance at the game.
"The store is always busy, so it varies," she said. "We may have a few new ones. I haven't checked, but I'm assuming there is no change."
The cost to get into Powerball is $2 per play, and an additional dollar per play to add the Power Play multiplier.
Cornelius Stroble, assistant customer service manager at Publix on Dawson Road, said the store will likely see an increased demand today just before the drawing.
"We don't do a lot of lottery sales. There has been a minimal increase (as of Friday morning)," he said. "We might see an increase tomorrow (Saturday).
"Here, most people don't buy it until the day of. They may think of it while they are here shopping."
The jackpot's $193 million cash option is the highest in Powerball history, a news release from the Georgia Lottery states. The jackpot has been growing since Dec. 28 and has rolled over 13 times.
Georgia Lottery players cashed in big in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, the news release went on to say. Lars Ljungdahl of Savannah won $1 million. One player from Conyers selected the Power Play option, increasing a $10,000 prize to $40,000.
Four players in Atlanta, Conyers, Decatur and LaGrange each won $10,000.