Published: Nov 27, 2012 6:18 PM EST
Updated: Nov 27, 2012 6:47 PM EST

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- Wednesday's $500 million jackpot is the second highest in lottery history. Folks buying tickets today hope luck is on their side.
 
Russ Mckinnon said, "I am broke so hopefully I have the winning ticket. I played quick pick so it is all done by the machine. What would I do with the money? I would probably give everyone a little piece."

In January, Powerball tickets doubled in price to two dollars. Initially, that caused ticket sales to drop. Still, Powerball officials say sales revenue increased about 35 percent over 2011.

Christine Kiersted said, "I would donate the money to charity by give it to St. Jude's cancer hospital for the chemo and research treatment."

Powerball officials expect one billion tickets to be sold before the big drawing.