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Winning Powerball Numbers: 5-16-22-23-29 Powerball: 6

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The largest jackpot in Powerball history, of an estimated $550 Million had people across the tri-states, scrambling to get their hands on what they hoped would be the winning ticket.

The Ayerco gas station doled out nearly 800 Powerball tickets just today, which kept cashier Connie Smith on her toes.

"They're getting $20 tickets they are getting $100 at a time, they're really going in for it," said Smith.

Smith says this jackpot has brought out more than just the regular Powerball players.

"There is a lot of people that haven't played them before, and they're going out there and playing them today, there are a lot of new ones," said Smith.

Many of today's Powerball players say it takes a huge jackpot to get them to play.

"Very rarely do I play it's usually when it's over 300 million is when I decide to come out," said Cody Baugher who purchased a ticket.

And with the stakes so high, some players are turning to their luckiest of numbers.

"I actually use my kids' birthdays and just a lucky number," said James Hamann.

While others left it to chance.

"I just kind of picked the Powerball ones this time, and just let the other ones go at random," said Baugher.

No matter how they picked their numbers, each player had a plan on how to spend the money.

"Put some away, pay for some college, give some to some charities," said Shianne Flesner.

"Get myself a nice car and a house, and look into investments," said Baugher.

"Probably just live life normally," said Hamann.

If you bought your Powerball ticket in Illinois or Missouri, it's something that may not work in your favor.

No one has won the Powerball jackpot in those states in the past five years.

However, there have been two winning tickets sold in Iowa this year.

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