Powerball numbers drawn for $700 million jackpot

By Andy Cerota - Anchor/Reporter

HOUSTON - The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night: 06-07-16-23-26 POWERBALL: 04 POWER PLAY: 04

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In an instant, six lucky numbers will change someone’s life forever.

Will that someone be you? Or someone you know?

Melissa Perez is banking on it. It’s the first time she’s playing Powerball this year.

“I just know this is it. I'm going to win,” Perez said.

The jackpot is now over $700 million, the second biggest Powerball drawing in U.S. history. The winner could claim a lump sum of $443 million.

The odds of winning are worse than you think: One in 292 million. According to The Book of Odds, you’re more likely to get struck by lightning.

It should also be noted that buying more tickets is not the secret to increasing your chances.

“I just decided let's go ahead and try it,” Brenda Suarez said.

Suarez said you never know, but either way, she believes it’s worth the $2 risk.

Ticket sales at the Super K Food Mart on San Felipe Street at Voss Road have been brisk. It’s one of the top ten stores for ticket sales in all of Texas.

A similar scene played out at Rudy’s Stop & Shop in Rosenberg. Business picked up throughout the day as people rushed in to buy tickets.

Several winning lottery tickets have been sold at the store.

“Just for a chance. You don't play, you don't win,” Mike Rhodes said.

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