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Debora Sweeter is among them.
She bought her Powerball ticket at the Exxon on Broadway.
The $550 million jackpot is the second largest in US history.
"I'm trying to win extra retirement money," said Sweeter. "This will be the best xmas my grandkids have ever seen."
Sweeter uses birthdays to pick her numbers while others like Karen Evans let the computer do a "quick pick."
"I just figure the odds are better if I let someone else pick them," said Evans.
The odds are truthfully terrible for everyone and that includes workplaces like the one where Ashley Ayers works.
Her coworkers are pooling money to buy more tickets.
"We've all agreed that if one of us wins we're gonna share the money together," said Ayers.
It's a dream of winning everyone who plays shares.
$550 million would buy plenty of cars and homes and remove the worries of retirement for Sweeter.
"I just retired this year and I'm finding out it ain't as easy as i thought it was going to be," said Sweeter.
Wednesday, November 28 2012, 10:35 PM CST
Ky. veteran killed in Afghanistan blast
May 17, 2013 23:53 GMT
FORT THOMAS, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky veteran who was working as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan has died in an explosion in Kabul that killed at least 15 people including six Americans.
The father of 26-year-old Michael Robert Bradford of Fort Thomas said his son was smart, good in different sports and about to become a father.
Gary "Moose" Bradford, also of Fort Thomas, told The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/12i0nVO ) he found about his son's death from Michael Bradford's wife, Sasha, on Thursday afternoon. He said he was in total disbelief.
The couple's first child is due in a few weeks.
Two American soldiers were killed along with four American civilian contractors with DynCorp International, based in Falls Church, Va.
Other survivors include his mother, Linda Bradford of Johnson City, Tenn.
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.