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$600M jackpot now largest in Powerball history

The chances are small–

“One in a hundred and 75 million just like everybody else.”

But the thought of winning the biggest Powerball jackpot in history had lottery players lined up in stores across Chicago Friday.

“Actually I already have a few– I’m from New York so I bought there and I’m buying here.”

One lottery player said “We’re way behind the times in Alabama so we had to come all the way to Chicago to get power ball tickets.”

For many– the possibility of striking it big comes with big dreams–

“Probably a couple of summer homes, in various places and then travel Asia I think.”

You could buy parts of the world with this kind of cash.

The $600 million jackpot has a cash value near $377 million after taxes you’d take home close to $264 million.

And striking it big here isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Lottery officials say 27 people have won a million bucks or more in Illinois in the last 16 months.

On the must have list: Cars, bikes, vacations, retirement cash and of course family security.

“I’m gonna take care of my folks and my daughter she’s looking to buy a condo hopefully I can get her a condo.”

“I just want to be able to afford for us to travel and do what we want to do and spend more time here, we’ve enjoyed it so much.

The winning numbers will be drawn Saturday night on WGN at 10 p.m/CT.

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