The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot might not be the best, but even the slightest chance at $600 million can be hard to pass up.
The Dahl's on Merle Hay Road sold a lot of Powerball tickets Saturday. One cashier said they saw lines of people all day long.
With tickets at just $2, the idea of a chance at the jackpot can be tempting.
"The Lottery is different than most gaming because it's just a dream," said Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich. "This is just a huge jackpot and most people realize the odds are astronomical, but it's fun to say, 'I wonder what I would do with one of these.'"
One buyer at Dahl's had a few ideas.
"For one I'd quit my job... Buy my mom a house... Buy cars," she said.
The jackpot hit a record high, and brought a record number of buyers.
Lottery officials of course say, "play," but they also say, "play smart."
"The odds are 1 in 175 million, so that's a lot of tickets sold, a lot of people out there and of course this is always the time we say, "play with your head, not above your head.'"
Iowa has had two big jackpot winners over the last year, so while those odds might not be in buyers' favor, winning is always a possibility.
"People in Iowa do win, and boy we'd love to have another
one right here," Rich said.
One big factor that's creating record Powerball jackpots is the debut of the $2 ticket in 2012.