UPDATE -- Powerball numbers picked for Saturday's jackpot -- 22, 10, 13, 14, 52 and Powerball is 11.
With sales up because of the giant Powerball jackpot, the reward could be more than $600 million. The chance of winning is still one in 175 million. Many people in Charlotte are trying to better their odds with a bit of luck.
"I play a lot, and I had three of these numbers the other night," Bridgette Williams said. "And I'm going to run that same ticket so everybody else need to put their tickets away 'cause I got it tonight."
There isn't a way to increase your chance of winning, outside of buying more tickets, but there is a way to increase your chance of not having to share the prize if you do win. That's to pick uncommon numbers. That often doesn't include birthdays and favorite numbers because they tend to be small, and the numbers go up to 59. Still some people find special dates lucky and play them to win.
"Today, I did our ages," Carolyn Simpson said. "I did how many children we have."
Her husband has a ritual he hopes will bring home the cash.
"We got a Shih-tzu poodle," Michael Simpson said. "And he's been good luck. And we rub him about five or six times, and then we come get our Powerball ticket."