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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Millions bought Power Ball tickets, in hopes of winning millions of dollars.

The lucky numbers drawn Wednesday were 5-23-16-22-29, Powerball 6.      

The jackpot was boosted to $500 million on Tuesday and raised again Wednesday morning to $550 million, with a cash option of $360.2 million. CNN then reported the total jumped to $580 million by Wednesday night.

While Powerball officials said there was a 75 percent of drawing a winner Wednesday, there is in fact still a greater chance to get struck by lightning.

Despite the odds, many people were hopeful they held the winning ticket Wednesday night such as Aime Johnson who said, "We're going to win!"

Brandon Wilcox, a Thornton's employee, said lines were crazy up until the 10 p.m. cut off to buy tickets, "It's basically been a rush all day."

Those hoping to win had strategies other than the machine generated  numbers. Romy Bailey said he used birth dates and anniversaries, while Aimee Johnson left her fate in the hands of someone younger, "I'm letting him point at them and I'm just filling them out."

While the winning numbers were not certain, several were certain of what they would do with the money if they won, "Buy a house, pay off debt, donate, and pay for his college," said Johnson.

Bailey had other plans, "Go to Europe. I'm from Germany originally so I'd like to go back and take my husband."

But in an economy when $2 will barely buy you a gallon of gasoline, especially since prices just shot up over the $3 mark in Kentuckiana, Bailey said spending $2 on a Powerball ticket is a better investment, "It gives you more hope. It gives you a better feeling because at least you have something to hope for and with gas sooner or later you're going to be out and you'll need it again."

Lottery officials said their sales this week were up over 400 percent than last week, and while not everyone can win they said everyone has benefited with over $3.7 billion transferred to the state of Kentucky in their nearly 24 year history.

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