Powerball lottery prize hits record figure of $425 million

Powerball lottery prize hits record figure of $425 million

The top prize has increased to $425 million. The top prize has increased to $425 million.

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - What would you do with $425 million?

That's what a lot of people are probably asking themselves this week, hoping they might be the lucky winner of The Powerball.

Because there was no winner in the lottery game's Saturday night drawing, the top prize has increased to $425 million.

People across East Tennessee were scooping up tickets Sunday, ahead of the next drawing. 

"I play because someone has to win and I figure maybe it'll be me. Maybe I'll get lucky," said Grace Oberholtzer of Knoxville.

People in Knoxville were hitting up gas stations to buy Powerball tickets, in hopes of becoming that one lucky person to take home the massive winnings.

"I'm the first in line here. We want to make sure we get ours. If it continues to go up, we'll be back to buy more," said Nichelle James-Mickens, of Atlanta, visiting her son in Knoxville.

For the 15th consecutive time, no one held the winning ticket on Saturday night, so the cash is still up for grabs.

It's got people thinking about what they'd do with all that dough.

"I actually bought a ticket in hopes of winning. You know, I would love to retire and actually take a nice vacation and then maybe buy some property up here in Knoxville to spend more time with my son, who is attending UT," said James-Mickens.

"Probably pay off my loans and pay for grad school and buy a car maybe. I don't know," said Oberholtzer.

The current prize is the largest figure in the history of Powerball.

"What I like about the Powerball is that the type of people who win it are usually the type of people who don't have that kind of money already. I think it's really cool that someone can get really lucky like that," said Oberholtzer.

The next drawing will take place on Wednesday, November 28.

"I can't imagine what we could do and how many lives we could change with that much money so it's just exciting. Especially right around the holidays, it would be wonderful to win that type of money and share with others," said James-Mickens.

The largest prize before the current one was handed out back in 2006, when a group of coworkers in Nebraska split $365 million.

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