People Cross State Lines To Play Powerball

Posted at 5:58 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 18:58:53-05

The record setting Powerball jackpot has quickly grown to $800 million in a matter of hours, and the Tennessee education system is reaping the benefits thanks to lotto players in neighboring states.

In the early hours of Friday morning, the jackpot stood at $675 million, but by the time lottery officials held a press conference at a convenience store, it had already climbed to $800 million.

Lottery officials believed it has grown so quickly because customers came at record numbers in just about all 47 states or districts where the Powerball was being played.  

Folks in Alabama don't have the Powerball, but thousands of residents drove into Tennessee to get in on the action even though those lottery dollars support Tennessee education system.

"It is absolutely crazy on the border. I'm thankful all those people in Alabama care about the education of Tennessee children,” said Lottery CEO Rebecca Hargrove.

Players had until 9 p.m. Saturday night to buy their tickets and then the winner will be drawn an hour later around 10 p.m. central time.