By JOSH AULT6 News Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Powerball fever spread across Knoxville on Wednesday as people crammed into convenience stores to get their lucky tickets.
At the Bread Box on Washington Pike, lines were almost out the door at times. Many people there said the enormous jackpot convinced them to buy a ticket.
"I never played," said customer Connie Davis. "I just thought why not, let's do it. Everybody's doing it.""I normally don't play, but when it gets this high, I figure I would take a chance," said customer Stephen Hale.Employees here knew Wednesday was going to be busy. "So far we've been pretty busy," said store manager Kathy Norman, "Done what we did all day yesterday, right now."In West Knoxville, lines were also long at the BP station on Papermill."Probably buy my own island," said BP customer Tim Strunk, about what he would do if he won the $550 million. "I'd definitely set my family up for everything throughout their life."Over at Weigel's on Cedar Bluff they have seen a bunch of new Powerball customers. "Even your regulars who come in and don't even pay that much attention to the lottery are buying them," said cashier Stephanie Pierson.Customers at the BP on Chapman Highway in South Knoxville were also feeling lucky. "I bought two," said customer Barbara Burris.Burris, along with almost everyone we spoke with, said she had definite plans if she won the more than half a billion dollars. "I would buy me a house," said Burris. "I have six children. I would help them and I would help out the poor."
Players have until 9:59 PM to purchase a Powerball ticket Wednesday night.