TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)--There are 600 million reasons why millions of Americans are lining up across the country to purchase a chance at winning the historic Powerball lottery.
Although Mississippi does not have a state lottery, many cross the border to try their luck in Tennesse and Louisiana for a shot at the jackpot.
"Whoo hoo!" said one local man upon learning the jackpot's amount.
That pretty much sums up the feeling most people have when asked about what they would do with that amount of cash.
Many north Mississippians say they will not purchase a ticket for the lottery.
" No, No, No," replied a worker at the Barnes Crossing Mall in Tupelo.
"I'm not going to drive the distance," said a shopper in Tupelo.
So, what would you do with that type of money?
Well, perhaps you would like to buy a home. There's one for sale in Tupelo for only $1.6 million.
"Number one, I'd give it to a charitable organization a healthy amount to it. And then the rest I would invest and put back for my family," said a salesperson at the Barnes Crossing Mall.
"I would retire and I would spend time working with charities," said a proud grandmother.
"I would go and turn my notice in at my job. I would be real nice about it. I wouldn't cuss anyone out or anything. Then I would pay off all my bills and take care of my family. And, then I would go on long much-needed vacation," smiled one local worker.
Of course, if you don't buy a ticket there's no chance of winning.
But we do all like to dream.
Tickets for the powerball jackpot drawing must be purchased no later than 8:59 p-m central time Saturday.