DAYTON – The construction worker bought a soda and $182 worth of Powerball Lottery tickets at the Speedway convenience store during lunch break today from his University of Dayton construction job across the street on Stewart Avenue.
“I don’t have much time,” said Kenny Bowshier. “I’ve got to get back to work. We’ve got a group of 30 guys in this, and there’s another construction group with 30 guys.”
Normally, Bowshier purchases $15 worth of tickets every Wednesday and Saturday, but has yet to fund much of his retirement plan off the winnings.
“I won $200 once,” Bowshier said. “You never know.”
Brittani Lowe, a cashier at Speedway, said she had been at the store since 6 a.m., “and that’s the biggest play since I’ve been here.”
Tickets were not only on sale for Saturday’s Powerball worth more than $600 million, but Friday’s night’s Megamillions drawing, worth about $190 million.
“We’ve had more people than normal,” said Circle K store manager Andy Bohardt at 1105 West Dorothy Lane in Kettering. “But tomorrow is when it’s really going to get hectic.
“From noon to 9-10 o’clock we’ll be busy. Normally, we’d have one register and two clerks on. Tomorrow, we’ll have both registers open, with two clerks.”
Srini Ramini, a manager at the Ameristop Food Mart on Troy Pike in Huber Heights, said Friday’s brisk business in Powerball tickets, in particular, “will only get more between tonight and Saturday night.”
Just in case, he said, “We are asking every customer who comes in for other purchases whether they want to buy one.”
At Bee Gee’s Mini Market, on the corner of Bigger Road and Hewitte Avenue in Kettering, clerks were too busy selling tickets to update the sign on the tree lawn outside that read $580 million.
Jeff Turner, who stopped in to play on his lunch hour, brandished his ticket as he left the convenience store. “I’ve had luck here before. I’m hoping for this one.”
Sherrie Jackson, who works as the nearby Victoria’s Secret direct, sat down at one of the picnic tables inside the store to decide on her numbers.
“I am playing for that big win. It would be nice to share with my kids and my mom,” she said.