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Locals buy up lottery tickets as jackpot surpasses $500 million

Published On: May 16 2013 09:59:55 PM MDT   Updated On: May 16 2013 11:30:21 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Scott Thorn is a Bozeman resident who says he hopes to win big so he could give back to his community.

"I would probably end up donating a lot to charity because you can't spend that kind of money," said Thorn.

Thorn told NBC Montana he knows the odds are against him, but feels if he wins it would be a good break financially.

"Two dollars is terrible odds, but if you win that's a good investment," said Thorn.

Natalie Robinson is the counter clerk at the Cenex Gas Station on East Main Street in Bozeman.  Robinson says she's been selling lottery tickets all week. Robinson told us her shop sold just over $500 in lotto tickets. 

"It's been crazy. Yesterday, they were just flying through. It was pretty much all I sold for the most part," said Robinson.

The $363 million grand prize would have been the seventh largest payout in history. Currently, the jackpot has swelled up to $550 million.