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Erie Plays for $222 Million Jackpot

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The clock is ticking to get your Powerball ticket for the Wednesday night drawing.

The jackpot is now $220 million dollars, and our crews stopped by Dee's News downtown to talk to some hopefuls. 

There was a steady flow of people through the store, getting their hands on a chance to win the growing jackpot.

Clerks at the store said ticket sales always go up when the money gets bigger.

Some purchasers were regulars, and some were new to the game, but they all had their eye on the prize: an annuity value of $220 million, which translates to a cash prize of $144.5 million.

The largest Powerball prize in history was worth $587.5 million, last year.

On Wednesday people filled out the tickets hoping to fill their dreams, and it looks like lottery players in Erie have money on their minds, but charity in their hearts.

"I'd probably start a business try to find some way to create employment and make Erie a better place," said lottery hopeful Dwayne Giles. "I like doing stuff for the kids, because the kids don't have much to do."

Kathy Tommasini had a similar idea. "I truly would love to just buy our whole entire street up to Saint Stan's and build a garden and playground for the children," she said.

The numbers will be drawn at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday night, and you can buy tickets until (;59 p.m.

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