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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.
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Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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