Wed, 28 Nov 2012 04:50:28 GMT — It's the largest jackpot in Powerball lottery history. "Half a billion dollars... I'd take just a little bit of that," Israel Serrato said. The dream of winning big has Mike Wyer, a retired Winter Texan from Canada, buying tickets more than ever. He TMs been playing the lottery for more than twenty years. "I'm going to buy the biggest motor home I can find and just travel around," he said. The record jackpot started as a $40 million prize on October 6, and is the result of 14 draws without a jackpot winner. Powerball players win the jackpot by correctly matching five numbers from a field of 59, plus the Powerball number from a field of 35. The odds of actually winning the multimillion dollar prize are 1 in 175 million, according to lottery officials. Still think you have a good chance at winning big? You may want to consider becoming the next president of the United States. The odds are a mere 1 in 10 million in comparison to the lottery, Free Money Finance reports. Or how about being a movie star? The odds are just 1 in 1.5 million. One tax expert stated that a person has a better chance of being eaten by a tiger and a shark on the same day. But Mike doesn't let those odds discourage him from taking a swing at living large. "I've been golfing for 40 years and that would be about the same chance of me hitting a hole in one," he said with a chuckle. "So I don't mind." Krystal Guzman's mother knows a thing or two about lottery victories. "My mother won $70K once in a scratch off ticket," she explained. But you won't find the 26-year-old single mother of one, who's studying to be in the automotive industry, buy into the dream of being a half-billionaire. She's using what little money she does have to pay for gas, college and other bills. "It's what I need to do," she said. "I wish everyone who's playing good luck!" The next Powerball drawing will be held Wednesday night at 9:59 p.m. Click here to join Ryan Wolf TMs Facebook PageClick here to follow Ryan Wolf on Twitter
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