Powerball sales go up at mini mart in Esto

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ESTO, Fl. (WTVY) - It's a chance at $460,000,000! The Powerball drawing is Wednesday night. That’s why the Friendly Mini Mart in Esto, Florida has been ringing up customers all day.

The store has been ranked 3rd state-wide with total sales of more than $4,000,000 last year.

"This is the lucky store,” said store owner Jose Martinez. “That's why the name is Friendly Mini Mart. If anybody who works here isn't friendly, they don't belong here!"

And maybe that's Jose and his wife Fe’s secret to good business over the past 15 years.

Martinez says 85% of their customers come from Alabama. Last year, someone won a million dollars on a five dollar scratch off. And when the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are this big, the mini mart can see up to 300 people in just one hour.

So what would you do with more than $400,000,000?

"First of all, I have eight kids so I would handle them first,” said ticket buyer Yolanda Sistrunkook. “Then I would do some pay off, like housing and student loan dept."

"I would give some money to St. Jude’s, any veterans organizations because I’m a veteran, and I’d put the rest with my family,” said Howard Harrison.

The odds of winning Wednesday’s Powerball are 1 in 292,000,000.