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UPDATE (11:05 p.m.): Tonight's winning Powerball numbers are: 5, 23, 16, 22, 29, PB 6.
(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Norwood, Mass.) - Powerball tickets were printing at a record pace Wednesday in more than 40 states across the country - including all of New England.
Many people who played hoped they might have just the right combination
"There it is, it's the winning ticket," said Norwood, Mass. resident Eric DeRoche.
"Quit work, buy a new car, house, move probably to California," said Norwood, Mass. Jason Jackson.
"For a couple of bucks why not dream, right?" said Matt Naughton of Norwood.
It's that dream of beating the odds that lottery officials say had tickets selling at a rate of more than 130,000 a minute across the nation.
"I'd have a better chance of getting hit by lightning probably I have no idea, probably slim, slim, slim, but can't win if you don't play," said Norwood resident Sean Keegan.
Others aren't buying in to all the hype; they're holding on to their hard-earned money instead of ponying up for a Powerball ticket.
"I looked at the odds and they're like one in 175 million or something like that possibility of winning, I guess it would be fun to try but I've never won anything in my life," said Walpole, Mass. resident Bob Shedd.
There have been some success stories like the eight Nebraska meat packers who won the previous Powerball record of $365 million back in 2006.
But there are also some potential pitfalls if you're lucky enough to win.
"Make sure that you get good legal advice, make sure that you get good financial advice, don't announce it to everybody because if you do you will find that you will be besieged by a lot of people," said Paul White, chair of the litigation section of the Mass. Bar Association.
Especially if you promise part of your winnings to others!
"If I win I'm doing big things, I'm going to buy you a car, buy him a car, new camera maybe," said DeRoche.