Powerball jackpot jumps to $500M

Millions of people are flocking to buy tickets for Wednesday night's big jackpot.

The amount of ticket sales tonight alone has helped increase the prize to $500 million.

No one has won the Powerball since November 4th. 

Store clerks say most of the people buying the Powerball tickets are first-timers eager to play, because of the jackpot amount.

"They buy 20 tickets. And a lot of people that don't normally play will come in and play," a gas station clerk said.

Harvey Lawson bought a scratch off ticket three weeks ago. Surprisingly, after winning a million dollars he says the best decision he made was not to spend it.

"I came back home Friday afternoon. Went back to work Saturday morning. Everything stayed the same," Lawson said.

He has some words of wisdom for anyone who cashes in on the Powerball jackpot.

"I just hope if anyone wins. That its someone that really needs the money. And the kind of person that will help others," Lawson said.

Gas station owners say they prepare for days like this and look forward to the business it brings.

The Powerball is played in 44 states as well as the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The jackpot could rise even more before the drawing tonight. Ticket sales stop an hour before the drawing.