METAIRIE, La. – At a gas station on West Metairie Road, thousands have lined up this week to try their chances at becoming a millionaire.
The record $550 million Powerball jackpot has created quite a frenzy.
And every Powerball hopeful across America is betting they’re going to win.
Cheryl Caillouet is convinced she's going to get her hands on the cash one way or another.
“You know what's going to happen? What always happens. Someone up in Wisconsin or Michigan is going to win. one person,” smiled Caillouet, a small-framed grandmother. “And then I'm going to have to go up there and beat 'em up.”
The Metairie Shell station sold a winning Powerball ticket back in 2008. And hopefuls believe lighting could strike twice.
“It stays busy, nonstop, [lines] to the back, everything,” said cashier Dawanda Steele.
The odds of winning? About one in 175 million. But some believe creative tactics may just help them strike it rich.
“I have a car that’s getting repaired right now and my clutch just went out,” said Damond Lassiter, who was trying his hand at Powerball for the first time. “So the last mile my car drove is the number that I picked.”
“I’ve been having ‘28’ in my head all week so I played it with a bunch of numbers,” said Wayne Ball, who bought $40 worth of Powerball tickets.
A 2008 Powerball winner has advice for whoever hits this jackpot. Emily Delgado, who was living in Kenner at the time she won, declined an on camera interview but told Eyewitness News she has tried to maintain normalcy in her life.
“I do travel more and no longer work but I am realistic that money can be exhausted if not properly monitored so I do watch where it goes,” said Delgado. “I hope it is many individuals that win tonight [and] not one sole person because that may become problematic for him or her. Good luck with whatever course that person or persons decide to take after such an extraordinary thing like this happens to them.”
And as the drawing for the record jackpot drew closer, anxious Powerball players started thinking about what they'd do if they won.
“I'm going to do all the good I can with all the money,” said Metairie mom Lacee Delgadillo.
“I would share it with family, immediate family, pay the bills, take a trip, and just enjoy life,” said Ochsner clerk Sandra Dave.
“Life changing! I don't know what I'll do first,” smiled Steele.
Caillouet said she’d give her children $5 million each.
“I want to wake up in the morning and find out. Then I won't have to go to work,” she laughed.
Odds are most Powerball hopefuls will have to go back to work Thursday.
In fact, the last time a Louisianan hit the jackpot was in 2010. Only seven winning Powerball tickets have been sold in the pelican state since 2003.