Lottery fever hits Kentuckiana


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 27 at 6:37 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The holiday season could get a lot brighter for someone if they hit the Kentucky Lotto.  The Powerball jackpot has soared to a history making $425 million.

And for many, that dream has come true at the Speedy Mart in Bardstown, Kentucky. It’s small log cabin style gas station that boasts of its recent winners.

“It certainly looks like there could be more winners here as well. It could you,” Bardstown resident Kathryn Newman said.

Heather Downs is also hoping to be the next one. If she wins, she says she’s giving me a cut.

“I told you 4P.M. Wednesday you won’t be on. If I have the winner right here, you will not be there 4P.M. news on Wednesday,” Downs said.

All morning, lotto players came in and out of stores; cash in hand and numbers to brag about.

In January, Speedy Mart had a $10,000 winner.

All across Kentucky, more than a dozen gas stations have had winners this year.  Some prizes ranging from $10,000 to $2 million.

In Mount Washington, two gas stations on the same street had winners this year. Pearl’s Mart even advertises its $75,000 winner this past September hoping to attract more business.

“You see a big winner and that excites ya and you think maybe that next winner will be me,” Mount Washington resident Mike Benson said. “I played one time and hopefully I’m the big winner.”

The Powerball will be drawn on Wednesday. The cash payout option is $278 million.