"You got that fever, it never goes away," Taran said.
The last drawing took place Saturday, when the jackpot was a cool $380 million. That was enough to form long lines at many outlets in the final hours of ticket sales. Rick Dennison stood in one of them at a Shell gas station in Brook Park, Ohio.
"It's getting really up there," the hopeful Dennison said. "You know how much I can do with that kind of money? There would be no homeless people left in Cleveland. There would be no hungry people left in Cleveland."
The two biggest Powerball jackpots: In May 2013, Gloria Mackenzie of Zephyrhills, Fla, won $590.5 million. And in November 2012, Matthew Good of Phoenix and Cindy and Mark Hill of Dearborn, Mo., split a $587.5 million prize.
Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. If you live in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada or Utah you are out of luck — those states don't participate. Or maybe residents there are the lucky ones — the chances of winning with a $2 ticket are about 1 in 175 million.
—Contributing: Charles Billi, WTSP-TV, Tampa; Wale Aliyu, WKYC-TV, Cleveland; The Associated Press