Published: Nov 02, 2011 5:46 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 02, 2011 10:42 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The odds are stacked against you. The likelihood you'll match all five numbers and the Powerball is one in 195 million.

"I play it every week, twice a week," said Powerball player Pat Koespell.

The Powerball jackpot has rolled over 13 times since September 17th. As the prize amount grows, so does the pool of players.

"People come out of the woodwork when a jackpot grows like this," said Randy Forester with the Florida Lottery district office in Fort Myers. " A $245 million jackpot is the highest jackpot in the country right now."

Some players, like Hershey Bhatt, have a strategy.
     
"Sometimes I play on my wife's birthday, my birthday. All those numbers put together."

While others leave it up to chance.

"I just let the computer pick it and wish for the best," said Koespell.

What to do with the winnings depends on who you ask.

"I'd like to pay off my house," said Bhatt. "My wife likes to travel. We like to go all over the world."

"I'm gonna become a philanthropist I think," said Koespell.

Since the Sunshine State joined the Powerball in 2009, there have been four jackpot winners in Florida.

The drawing will be held at 10:59 tonight.

The winner can take the money as a lump sum of $146 million, or take the total jackpot over 30 years.