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Ill. Powerball players hope to cash in on $325M jackpot

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Powerball players in Illinois were hoping to cash in on the whopping $325 million jackpot, the fourth-largest in the game's history.

Powerball jackpots have increased more rapidly since the price doubled to $2 in January.

Emerging from the bustle of holiday shoppers on Chicago's Michigan Avenue, 65-year-old Clyde Gadin stopped in at a 7-11 to buy his ticket.

If he wins, he says, he'd journey back in time and move to his grandfather's farm in Heidelberg, Miss., where he spent part of his childhood.

Recalling the open spaces and deer roaming through fields, he called it "a beautiful way of life."

South Bend, Ind., resident Dameon Smith says he'd retire from his job at the Hummer plant in Mishawaka, Ind. He said he'd share with family, friends and people he doesn't know.

Powerball organizers say this is the first run-up to a large jackpot that's fallen over a major holiday. They're unsure of the impact on sales.

7-11 clerk Ferthoes Alam says he's selling fewer tickets, perhaps because most of his regular lottery customers aren't stopping by on the way to work.

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