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Alabamians cross border into Florida, join Powerball craze

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Posted at 6:02 PM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 06:44:08-05

CAMPBELLTON, Fla. (AP) - South Alabama residents with dreams of striking it rich are heading across the Florida line to stores that sell Powerball tickets.

Lottery officials say the estimated prize for this weekend's Powerball drawing has grown to about $700 million -- the largest jackpot of any lottery game in U.S. history.

Powerball is played in 44 states, but the tickets aren't sold in Alabama.

The Dothan Eagle reports that several residents from southeast Alabama traveled across the Florida line to stores that sold Powerball tickets on Wednesday.

The odds of winning the jackpot have been about one in 292.2 million.

The Dothan newspaper reports that those long odds haven't stopped Alabama residents from scooping up Powerball tickets at Panhandle Package Inc. in Campbellton, Florida, just across the Alabama state line.