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Debora Sweeter is among them.
She bought her Powerball ticket at the Exxon on Broadway.
The $550 million jackpot is the second largest in US history.
"I'm trying to win extra retirement money," said Sweeter. "This will be the best xmas my grandkids have ever seen."
Sweeter uses birthdays to pick her numbers while others like Karen Evans let the computer do a "quick pick."
"I just figure the odds are better if I let someone else pick them," said Evans.
The odds are truthfully terrible for everyone and that includes workplaces like the one where Ashley Ayers works.
Her coworkers are pooling money to buy more tickets.
"We've all agreed that if one of us wins we're gonna share the money together," said Ayers.
It's a dream of winning everyone who plays shares.
$550 million would buy plenty of cars and homes and remove the worries of retirement for Sweeter.
"I just retired this year and I'm finding out it ain't as easy as i thought it was going to be," said Sweeter.
Wednesday, November 28 2012, 10:35 PM CST
Hungry TennCare eating more of state budget
May 24, 2013 16:56 GMT
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- State Treasurer David Lillard says expanding health care costs could absorb funding the state used to spend on other needs.
The Jackson Sun (http://bit.ly/16eqTpT ) reported Lillard talked about the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act on Tennessee finances as he spoke to the West Tennessee Association of Health Underwriters on Thursday.
Lillard noted the state budget that goes into effect July 1 contains $391 million in new revenue and more than $300 million of that will be consumed by TennCare.
Lillard said support for higher education could further erode as a result. In 1990, state revenue funded more than half the cost of state universities. That percentage has already declined to about 38 percent and could be further reduced.
Information from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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