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Harrison Buys Tickets As Powerball Jackpot Hits $550M

Jottery Stationery owner John Schnabel is hopeful his store will sell the winning Powerball ticket.
Jottery Stationery owner John Schnabel is hopeful his store will sell the winning Powerball ticket. Photo Credit: Patrick Stapleton

HARRISON, N.Y. – Harrison residents are buying into the ever-growing record $550 million Powerball jackpot, hoping for a Wednesday night miracle.

“Sales have been pretty brisk,” said Jottery Stationery owner John Schnabel. “We’re in a small neighborhood. I see most of the same people, but even they boosted their sales up, and then you get a few strangers that come in and play a little more often.”

One person even bought $250 worth of tickets – 125 of them – for a group, Schnabel said.

The 37-year-old Jottery Stationery had a $4.2 million lottery winner more than two decades ago. Schnabel said it would be great if that happened again.

“It brings a lot of excitement to the store, so that’d be good,” he said. “Not to mention you pick up 10 grand for selling the winning ticket.”

However, Schnabel would love to claim the prize for himself, so he bought a ticket at another location Tuesday night.

The Suffern resident said his wife could retire and the family would go on a long vacation in Hawaii.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday. A single winner would net $360.2 million after taxes, according to the Powerball website, but will need a lot of luck.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510, the Powerball website says. To put that in perspective, the odds of being struck by lightning in any given year are estimated at 1 in 775,000 , according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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