Long lines expected as Powerball jackpot continues to grow

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Expect long lines at grocery stores and gas stations all over the metro Wednesday as the Powerball mania continues.

With a record jackpot of $1.5 billion up for grabs, everyone is buying in for a chance to win. And with so many people dreaming about what they would do with that much money, lottery ticket sellers say ticket sales have been constant all week.

Some are buying a bunch of tickets, trying to improve their odds of winning, but according to statisticians, the more tickets you buy, the more money you lose.

That’s because your odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292 million – and the odds of winning a smaller prize are also so minuscule that most of you will not see any return on your money, but that’s not stopping people from buying in and taking a chance.

"It's unreal," Turner resident Mike Moore told FOX 4. "I can't believe it's that high. Figured someone would hit it by now but they haven't. And what's going to happen if no one hits it this Saturday? I don't know. It'll be out of control."

According to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, Americans spend $70-billion every year on lottery tickets – an average of $217 per person.