DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The estimated Powerball jackpot is the biggest in US history.
These tickets are a hot commodity right now, but when Powerball sales go up, stores that sell them need to do things differently.
It’s a phrase Mark Bragalone is getting used to saying. He’s the assistant manager at the Shell store in Miamisburg. They’ve been busy lately selling Powerball lottery tickets.
With the jackpot over 800 million dollars, business is good.
“It’s given us a lot of new people to check out our store,” said Bragalone.
According to Ohio lottery data, lottery retail stores around the state sold more than $840,000 worth of tickets Friday, in just one hour.
But with more tickets, comes a bigger risk of crime because in most states that sell lottery tickets, they have to be bought with cash. So at $2 a ticket, the money these lottery retailers are taking in have them stepping up security.
“We’re more alert. We are making frequent..more drops…making sure our registers are not full of cash,” said Bragalone.
This spot has a full staff on duty and they’re watching for any suspicious people.
“We’ve got about 22 security cameras inside and out.”
So far this Shell station has only had hopeful customers wanting a winning ticket come through their doors. Even though the odds of winning the jackpot are one in about 300 million, Bragalone will continue wishing anyone who buys a ticket, “good luck.”
There is still have plenty of time to get your ticket. The Powerball drawing is just before 11PM Saturday night and stores will stop selling them about an hour before that.