NEW ROADS, LA (WAFB) - No one hit the $528.5 million Louisiana Powerball jackpot on Wednesday, but two lucky winners in Louisiana each won $1 million. One of the tickets was purchased at a store in New Roads. Some customers are returning for another chance at the big prize.
Business is picking up at Pablo's. Customers are slowly, but surely, finding out someone who bought a Louisiana Powerball ticket there is holding a piece of paper worth $1 million.
"That would kind of help me pay most of my debts," Mike Polar said.
Mike Polar did not win, but when he and some others got wind someone got lucky at Pablo's, they were lining up for a chance at an estimated $700 million in Saturday's drawing.
"The winning ticket has to come from somewhere. It might as well be here," John Laborde said.
"Somebody might get lucky again, lightning might strike twice in a row," Polar said.
"Let me get two of those tickets right quick," Derrick Antoine told the cashier.
Some players are selective when buying their tickets, taking their time to pick what they believe is the winning combination of numbers.
However cashier Jackie Butler said the majority of them believe in luck of the draw.
"We do a lot of quick picks. Some pick their own number, but most of them are quick picks," Butler said.
When more than a half billion dollar prize is at stake, a lot of them won't take their chances on just one computer.
"I said my new strategy is that I'm going to buy a ticket from every store in the parish and see how that works out," Antoine explained.
Like most ticket holders, they start dreaming big.
"Retirement, and buy some land, and hunt and fish the rest of my life," Laborde said.
To think it could happen in New Roads, is just too much for some of them to handle.
"Oh man. It's like overwhelming, exciting. I can't wait to see what happens on Saturday," Antoine said.
Pablo's cut from Wednesday night's winning ticket was $10,000.
A convenience store in New Iberia, La. also sold a $1 million ticket.