(PENSACOLA, Fla.) They come from Baldwin County seeking good fortune. For some it's a weekly habit. Today it's for the big money.
Roy Harper drives from Robertsdale every week. The Powerball's $250 million jackpot sounds like a lot of Christmas presents for him. He says he'll share the winnings.
"Yes sir. I sure could use a chunk of it. I've got an old mamma and a bunch of kids to take care of," said Harper.
Powerball is played in 42 states. Alabama is not one of them. The odds are way off but at the Bindu Food Mart, just east of Seminole. there's been plenty of winners. The hope is that the luck rubs off.
Thomas Washington drove from Daphne to buy tickets.
"I didn't even know what the jackpot was I just buy the tickets every week. I hope I win. It'll go to my retirement," said Washington.
George Majors from Silverhill says he's been coming across the state line to buy Lotto since Florida introduced it in 1988.
"It's 26 miles from my house so I have no problem driving over here. When Florida got the lottery I started buying tickets," said Majors.
The drawing is Wednesday night at 10 p.m. The odds are one in 175 million.