Powerball frenzy over huge jackpot

(WTNH) — You definitely hear some funny responses when asking people how they plan to spend a jackpot over a billion dollars. Those are pipe dreams for most, since the odds of winning are one-in-292 million.

Some people resisted the Powerball frenzy sweeping Connecticut and others are buying tickets and picking numbers for the first time in a while.

“I’m random,” said Frank Novak, of West Haven, as he picked out his numbers. “I’m just thinking of something, that’s all. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

But most are seasoned vets when it comes Powerball, familiar with the routine and a list of priorities if they strike it big. Like Frank Rogers of New Haven, who bought a hundred dollars worth of tickets.

“If I can win, I can get my afro cut,” Rogers said jokingly as he walked out of C&A Deli, in West Haven.

The jackpot is now estimated at $1.4 billion, by far the largest ever in history.

“My odds, probably one in a billion. I’m still going to play,” said Matt Salomone, of Milford. “You can’t win if you don’t play.”

And a big payout, of course, brings big ideas of extreme generosity.

“Probably give my company away to somebody,” Salomone went on to say. “For free. I won’t even try to sell it. Give it away for free.”

So far this year, Connecticut has already seen four people win a million dollars by matching all five numbers, but they missed the Powerball number. Two of those winners came from last Saturdays drawing.

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