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Record lottery prize is a powerful draw for Oklahomans

Powerball payouts have reached an all-time high of $600 million, causing Oklahomans to rush to get their tickets.
by Adam Kemp Modified: May 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm •  Published: May 17, 2013
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/articleid/3824602/1/pictures/2087114">Photo - Giovannia Gonzalez purchases her first lottery tickets Friday from store manager David Schwarz at the OnCue store at N 23 and Santa Fe Avenue in Oklahoma City. Photo By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman <strong>PAUL HELLSTERN</strong>
Giovannia Gonzalez purchases her first lottery tickets Friday from store manager David Schwarz at the OnCue store at N 23 and Santa Fe Avenue in Oklahoma City. Photo By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman PAUL HELLSTERN

Smith said out of the four Powerball winners in Oklahoma, the largest amount won was $105.8 million in 2007.

‘I like taking chances'

Anika Sadler went to the gas station representing her entire office, paying the $2 ticket price plus an additional dollar for the power play option on each ticket. She left with more than $200 worth of tickets.

“We play a lot whenever it gets up pretty high,” she said. “It's a fun thing to do in the office. Plus I'm a gambler. I like taking chances.”

As people continue to stream in to buy more tickets, Taylor pondered over what he would buy if he won $600 million.

He said he isn't worried about the pitfalls that some lottery winners fall into. He wouldn't blow the money all at once or loan it out to every person he's ever known.

“It doesn't have anything to do with cars or living condition,” he said. “All I wanna be is comfortable. I'm not excited about being rich, I guess you would say it's the thrill of winning.

“Every man wants to be comfortable, I'm just comfortable with living and that's enough for me.”

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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