He stopped to get gas at the Murphy Express the day of the drawing last Wednesday and his wife told him to buy some hot dog buns.
CLEVELAND - The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 175 million but millions are chasing the money and searching for secrets to win.
Seven-time lottery winner Richard Lustig was featured on "Good Morning America" Tuesday and offered his unscientific tips for increasing your shot at the prize:
- Pick your own numbers instead of having the machine do it for you
- Research and see if your numbers have won before
- Select your ten sets of numbers and keep those if you continue buying tickets
- Buy as many tickets as you can afford
Lottery officials say that the more tickets that are purchased, the greater the odds there will be a winner.
Lustig says he has won more than $7 million in grand prizes. He has written a book called "Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery," and has a website with more information about his strategies.
Lottery officials have announced on the Powerball website that no ticket has matched all Saturday's numbers drawn for that game's giant jackpot, which now swells to an estimated $400 million or a $223.6 million cash-option value.
Lottery officials say the owner of a million-dollar Powerball ticket sold in western Ohio is running out of time to claim the prize.
Two New Jersey officials say 16 workers from a county garage in Toms River have one of the three winning tickets in the $448 million Powerball jackpot.
A Minnesota man claimed his third of a $448 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday, wasting no time before revealing his good fortune to the world and saying he had "been waiting for this day my entire life."
With Wednesday's Powerball jackpot at an estimated $425 million, people pour into stores with past winners looking for lightning to strike twice.
When Gloria Mackenzie stepped in front of her in the Publix line on May 18, Mindy Crandell was busy tending to one of her two daughters.
An 84-year-old Florida woman who bought her Powerball ticket after another customer let her get ahead in line came forward Wednesday to claim the $590 million jackpot, becoming the largest sole lottery winner in U.S. history.
It could be an anxious wait of up to two months for people in a small Florida city to find out who won the highest Powerball jackpot in history: an estimated $590.5 million.
Powerball officials say the jackpot has climbed to an estimated $600 million, making it the largest prize in the game's history.