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Craze over $212 million Powerball jackpot

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GOSHEN, N.Y. -- A Powerball powered push to purchase lottery tickets. The jackpot sores to $212 million. And boy do some people have serious plans if the cash out is theirs.

"If I win this Powerball, I am going buy me a Stewart’s. I'm gonna buy me a Stewart’s and Wal-Mart," said Ellenville resident Debra Barns.

Dreams and dollars signs drove people to places like Stewart’s. They snap up tickets and there is no shortage of confidence.

“I am going to be rich," said Gardner resident sal Liucci.

A whole lot of people were feeling good, that they got the golden ticket. They're ready for a new lifestyle and to become a millionaire.

"I just relax for a while, maybe retire early," said Middletown resident Dawn Walters.

"I think the question is what am I not going to do with it," said Middletown resident Justin Davitt.

We actually caught up with one person who says his dad won the Powerball in the past. He wouldn't say how much, but only that the winning brought more hardship than happiness.

"He had good luck, but it ruined him," said Middletown resident Eric Kovanen.

Not everyone is onboard with the Powerball craze, saying it's pointless, the odds of winning are unlikely and the cash should go elsewhere.

“I don’t really want spend money on a gamble. I try to save as much money as possible," said Middletown resident Erin Vandunk.

But there are many others who will try hoping to hit it big. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP