LEWISBORO, N.Y. – As the Powerball jackpot continued to rise, surpassing the $500 million mark by noon Wednesday, Lewisboro retailers were reporting brisk business as customers fantasized about life as a multi-millionaire.
While there were no lines at Cameron’s Deli mid-morning on Wednesday, employees said they’d been doing a brisk business all week.
“We sold a fair amount of tickets yesterday,” said Denny, an employee who asked that his last name not be used. “We expect a rush around 5 o’clock when people get off work.”
Denny said that while the deli has a steady clientele of lottery players, the large jackpot is drawing plenty of new players hoping to catch lightning in a bottle during the Wednesday night drawing.
“We had three people just this morning who said they’ve never played Lotto before,” he said.
Powerball ticket sales have also been strong at the Cross River Pharmacy.
“We’ve been selling a lot,” said clerk Alice Spennato. “Yesterday, they didn’t give me a minute’s break. We get a lot of first timers, too. It’s so much money that everyone wants to try.”
South Salem resident Tom Fish was buying a ticket at Cameron’s. He said he’s not a regular player but usually will buy a ticket when the jackpots go crazy. He said that if he wins, he will form a corporation with his buddies to have fun and dole out money to charities.
“What are you going to do if you win – sit at home and watch TV?” he said. “I would get all my friends together and start a corporation. One guy would be in charge of golfing, another would be in charge of philanthropy, and so on”
Fish said he would send a lot of the money to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
“The Rockaways would be a good place to start,” he said. “I was down there last week helping out and I couldn’t believe the devastation.”
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