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INDIANAPOLIS – The Hoosier Lottery’s Powerball Jackpot was up to $400 million for Wednesday night’s drawing.

People were in and out of Silver Express convenience store on W. 10th St all evening talking about what they would do with all that money.

Some said they’d quit their job, while others wanted to give some of it away to family and friends.

“Tonight’s drawing is the fourth largest Powerball jackpot in the history of the game,” said Betsy Gutierrez, a spokeswoman for the Hoosier Lottery. “Hoosiers have won more Powerball Jackpots than any other state. We’ve had 38 Jackpot winners in Indiana.”

Two weeks ago, Jim Bueter of Bluffton became one of those winners by matching four numbers and a Powerball and collecting a check for $30,000.

“I saw that the Powerball had matched and then the first number matched and then the second number matched…and then at that point I hit refresh on the phone, because I still didn’t believe it,” he told Fox 59. “It’s very exciting and you just can’t believe it. Even up until the point that I turned the ticket in, I’m thinking okay something must be wrong.”

He hasn’t spent any of the money yet, but he and his family are planning a big vacation.

“We’re starting to plan maybe a trip this summer out to Yellowstone.”

If the winner takes it in a lump sum, it has a cash value of $227 million. If no one wins, that Jackpot could go up to half a billion dollars.

The odds of winning are close to 1 in 175 million.