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      Ticket sales soar ahead of $425 million Powerball jackpot drawing

      It's one of the biggest jackpots in Powerball's history.

      Gerald Decker of Bay City confidently purchased just one Powerball ticket Wednesday afternoon.

      "Bought the one ticket that's gonna win," said Decker.

      Standing at $425 million, Wednesday's Powerball is the third-highest Powerball Jackpot ever.

      The fourth largest lottery pot overall.

      The odds of matching all six numbers not as sweet; only a 1 in 175,000,000 chance.

      It's not stopping people from Mid-Michigan, 42 other states and the District of Columbia from playing the odds.

      Workers at the Rebel Food Store in Bay city said they experience more ticket sales when the jackpot soars.

      "I'm feeling very lucky my odds are very poor but my luck is right up there," said Deb Courier of Hampton Township.

      Luck will only get you so far.

      You're more likely to become a movie star, have identical quadruplets or become president of the United States than win the jackpot.

      This is not stopping people in Mid-Michigan from dreaming about what they'd do with the winnings.

      "Just about anything I wanted to. The usual, I'd pay off my bills, I'd give some to charity and I'd take a lot of vacations," said Courier.

      Other agreed saying they would turn to charity with their winnings.

      "I would be like the Oprah Winfrey of whatever for real. I would buy cars for people who needed them I would do that honestly," said Pamela Davis of Essexville.

      Decker said he'd give his granddaughter a place to practice, "Tell ya what I'd do I'd buy my granddaughter a golf course," he said.

      The drawing takes places Wednesday at 10:59p.m.

      If no one wins Wednesday, a lottery official says "we would be in world-record territory" heading toward the next drawing on Saturday.