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Kentucky Powerball players want piece of second largest Jackpot

Powerball playing lined up on August 23 in hopes of buying the $700 million winning ticket. (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News) Powerball playing lined up on August 23 in hopes of buying the $700 million winning ticket. (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News)
Tom Delacenserie (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News) Tom Delacenserie (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News)
Elaine Commer [in foreground} (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News) Elaine Commer [in foreground} (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News)
Sunny Patel (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News) Sunny Patel (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News)
The winning numbers will be drawn at 10:59 p.m. (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News) The winning numbers will be drawn at 10:59 p.m. (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Millions of people are hoping tonight will be their lucky night. The Powerball has climbed to its second largest jackpot in history. An estimated $700 million is up for grabs in the scheduled drawing at 10:59 p.m. Eastern.

Tom Delacenserie, the Kentucky Lottery President and CEO, said peak sales come around peak drive times: Morning, noon and between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. as people are leaving work. Lines at Louisville Powerball retailers and those across the country are long. 

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"Everybody wants money," said Sunny Patel, a Louisville merchant, who repeated familiar lines he hears from Powerball players. "I'm going to give you some money, so you can get retirement and all that stuff." 

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"We happen to have a $700 million jackpot in Powerball," Delacenserie announced.

Hyped Powerball players like Elaine Coomer are well aware of that and excited. After all, the Bluegrass state isn't a bad place to play. Since 1992, Kentucky ranks fourth in Powerball, 18 winners claiming the top prize money, nearly $900 million. 

Coomer told us, she plans on winning and she knows a lot about the second largest Powerball jackpot in history. But maybe not everything when talking about the payout.

"$700,000," Coomer said before corrected herself. "$700 million, who wouldn't be excited?" 

Coomer certainly knows what she would do with the cash option of $443 million. 

"First I'm going to fix my church, that's my first thing on the agenda." 

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Did you hear that West Chestnut Street Baptist? Her second purchase is all about her kids.

"I'm like a Triple Crown winner. I got three kids and they all made it through high school and I got two in college," Coomer said, "so, I'm going get this other one through, then I'm really going to be a Triple Crown winner so I'm going to be out at Churchill Downs and I want them to have me a plaque up." 

If you plan on being a winner like Coomer buy your ticket before the 9:58 p.m. Eastern deadline, one hour before Wednesday night's drawing. 

Since Powerball rules changed in 2012, Kentucky has had 35 millionaires winning $1 million or $2 million by adding the Power Play option. Officials say there is a slight advantage to quick pick over choosing your own numbers.

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