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Powerball fever grips New York City just day away from drawing

Posted at 9:39 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 21:39:44-05

MANHATTAN -- "The first thing is luck!"

Oh yes, lots of luck! That is the real necessity required to claim the biggest jackpot in lottery history on Saturday night, the now $800-million dollar Powerball.

Louis Magliato used part of his lunch hour on Friday to savor the thoughts of what is on the minds of many we spoke with who were purchasing tickets: retirement.

"I figured maybe one day I could retire, Sunday would be great," Magliato said. "That would be great. Really happy I can't tell you."

Even those that rarely pick six are in the mix one woman telling PIX11 News, that she doesn't play regularly adding, "it's the biggest jackpot in history so why not."

And in order to claim the biggest jackpot in history, some are looking at divine intervention, "I'm going to be doing a whole lot of praying. A whole lot of praying. And if I do win 10 percent goes to God and the rest goes to my wife and the kids."

While PIX11 News came across a number of buyers buying tickets for themselves, we did come across a majority that were purchasing for their office pool.

However, it was Cary Alves and Katie Sammon that had the obscure strategy. In fact, it was all over the place, literally, because they purchased tickets in, "New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey."

When asked why they were doing this?

"Because we think it will give us a better chance. A geographical strategy? "We haven't won any other way and we haven't tried this, so why not?," said Sammon.