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Published February 14, 2012, 10:11 PM

Grand Forks Residents Hopeful for a Winning Ticket

Tonight at 10 o'clock, 6 more numbers will be drawn for the nation-wide Powerball jackpot. The winnings increased from 250 million to 310 million after no player matched the numbers.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - At 310 million dollars, today's jackpot is just shy of the 2006 Powerball, which cashed out at 364 million.

"I normally don't buy them, but the jackpot's this high and I figured I might as well, just for the fun of it," said lottery player, Sheila Korynta.

Some are playing for leisure, but for others, its part of their lifestyle. Eric Jacobson has been playing for more than 10 years, and hasn't won a penny.

"Oh its just nice to dream a little bit, all the efforts you put into your daily routine, a few ways to make it easier," said veteran lottery player, Eric Jacobson.

But since the ticket price has increased from 1 dollar to 2, there are mixed feelings.

"Complaints about that because they think they pay enough for taxes and what else," said Simonson cashier, Kate Gackle.

"Two dollars, yeah but the money you would win would be more than worth it," said lottery player, Anthony Thomas.

All it takes is two dollars(cash,hands,register) and now I'm one in 175 million.

First time players say they wouldn't be selfish with the money.

"To share it with people would be great. Go on vacation, its been, a long time since I've gone on vacation. I'd take my family," said Korynta.

"I want to do some things for my family and I've always dreamed of doing something for the homeless. First thing, buy my mother a house," said Thomas.

But Eric Jacobson, says he'll take the money and run.

"Buy a place and some land...collection of guitars," said Jacobson.

Maybe after 10 long years, today will be his lucky day.

Some lottery players have been so generous they've even told cashiers they'd split the winnings with them.