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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Feeling lucky?
It'll take some serious luck to win Powerball's $360 million jackpot Wednesday night but folks are lining up to get their hands on the tickets.
The $360 million jackpot is the third largest in the game's history -- and tickets are selling fast.
Retailers across Florida reported selling more than $10,000 worth of tickets a minute this afternoon.
Players will have to match five numbers and the red Powerball to claim the grand prize. The cash option is worth $229 million before taxes.
Some players were already dreaming about how they would spend all that money.
Don Heath of Tallahassee is thinking about buying a little piece of paradise.
"Buy me an island somewhere and go be a hermit," Heath said.
But Benjamin Bennett wouldn't allow himself the luxury of dreaming a little dream before the final results came in.
"I just want it in my hands first. Then I'll worry about the rest of it," said Bennett.
Randall Fox of the Florida Lottery said these big jackpots always get more people's attention.
"This is one of the largest Powerball jackpots we've had. It's always great. It brings occasional players out and it's also a way to introduce the Lottery to new players as well," Fox said.
The odds of winning that $360 million jackpot are 1 in 175 million.
Wednesday was a big day for the Florida Lottery.
Not only was it selling tickets for one of the largest Powerball jackpots in history, it also started selling tickets for the multi-state Mega Millions game.
The Lottery launched Mega Millions in Florida amid the buzz over Powerball's blockbuster jackpot.
But Mega Millions featured a large grand prize of its own. The game rolled over Tuesday night, so its jackpot stands at $190 million.
Mega Millions is now played in 43 states and it has a history of producing mega jackpots.
It owns the title of biggest jackpot ever in the U.S. - a $656 million behemoth in March, 2012.
"It's a game that our players have been asking for. We want to give our players what they ask for and so we're proud to offer it beginning today," said Lottery spokesman David Bishop.
State economists have predicted Mega Millions will siphon away sales from Powerball and Lotto.
They expect the new game to reduce Powerball sales about 10 percent and Lotto sales eight percent. But Bishop says the three large jackpot games will be a plus for the Lottery and education in the long run.
"We do know that some of those players who play our other jackpot games like Lotto or Powerball will go to Mega Millions, but that money will stay within those games and we believe will bring in new customers as well," Bishop said.
A Mega Millions ticket costs $1 and offers starting jackpots of $12 million, while Powerball costs $2 a ticket and has a minimum jackpot of $40 million.
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