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Hoosiers eye $790 million combined lottery jackpot this weekend

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The odds are far from being in our favor, but that’s not stopping many Hoosiers from dreaming big.

The Powerball jackpot soared to an estimated $600 million Friday – the second largest lottery in history. The Mega Millions also jumped to $190 million. Together, the prizes are the largest weekend jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

There were plenty of dreamers, lining up to snatch a ticket.

“Paid two dollars to dream,” said Marc Goodier, who just bought his ticket. “That’s all I’m going to do.”

Like the saying goes, you can only win if you play. Despite the one in 175 million chance, it doesn’t hurt right?

You have a better shot at hitting a hole in one on consecutive par-3 holes than matching all six numbers. You’re also 13 times more likely to pick a perfect NCAA bracket.

Some still can’t help but wonder.

“I mean, who doesn’t fantasize about winning the lottery?” said Quiana Smith. “I’d quit my job then I’d travel.

“I’d do a lot of traveling, pay off some student loans, pay off my daughter’s college tuition and kind of just live off the rest.”

You probably won’t win the $600 million or $375 million cash prize, but you’re not out of luck yet. This Wednesday, four Hoosiers won the $1 million Powerball, including Floyd and Jan Shirrell of Indianapolis.

“I was reading the numbers and when I got to the last one, she says, ‘Is it 41?’ And I said, ‘Yes it is.’ She went nuts,” Floyd chuckled.

It doesn’t cost much to buy some hope.

“It only takes one,” said Nancy Avery.

The Mega Millions drawing is at 11:00 p.m. EST Friday. The Powerball drawing will be Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EST.

You can watch the winning numbers being drawn live on Fox 59 both Friday and Saturday nights.