Powerball Jackpot has residents dreaming big

By Brandi Bailey

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 5:33 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) The Powerball Jackpot, estimating to surpass $400 million, had local residents wondering what they'd do if they picked the winning numbers.

The dollar-and-a-dream mentality is becoming more of a reality as people's use for the money becomes more practical.

"It's all pay the bills, pay the college debt, pay off the home, but people want to go buy an island and get away from it all. People want to give back more than ever before," said New York Lottery's Yolanda Vega.

Vega says people's use for the money is linked to the economy. With an economy on the mend, it's about taking care of business and those less fortunate.

"If I was to win all that money, my first priority would be to give some to the church, give some to charity, and take me a trip around the world and take care of my family," said Sharon Green from Binghamton.

For faithful players, it's all just about the thrill of the game.

"I play every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Love it. I don't win often, but I won two dollars on Mega Millions so that went towards Powerball. Got to do what you got to do. Dollar and a dream baby," Ellen Budinger said.

Whether the winner is looking to pay off bills or buy an island, it only takes $2 for a chance at the prize.

The winning numbers are 7-10-22-32-35 with Powerball 19.

According to the Multi-State Lottery Association, the winning numbers were purchased at a gas station in Lexington, South Carolina.

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