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Published November 24, 2012, 11:30 PM

Growing Powerball jackpot fuels big dreams

FARGO – If a lucky ticket holder matched the numbers drawn for last night’s Powerball lottery, he or she will take home an estimated $325 million jackpot, the fourth-largest prize in the game’s history.

By: Charly Haley , INFORUM

FARGO – If a lucky ticket holder matched the numbers drawn for last night’s Powerball lottery, he or she will take home an estimated $325 million jackpot, the fourth-largest prize in the game’s history.

With all that money up for grabs, several shoppers in Fargo were thinking about what they would do if they won the lottery.

“I’m at an age where life has been good to me, and I have most everything I need,” said Bill Ragan, 73, of Fargo.

Ragan said he would donate to the Red River Zoo and to somewhere that provides education for children in need.

Tammi Tibke, 40, of Valley City, also said she’d donate to education by setting up a scholarship fund.

“There are too many kids living without that,” Tibke said.

She said she’d donate to other charities too, but would like to keep the money in North Dakota.

“I’d definitely keep it local,” Tibke said. “There’s so much here in North Dakota that still needs to be taken care of.”

Jessica Forderer, of Casselton, said she’d use the money to cheer up children in hospitals.

“I would buy a whole lot of mascot suits and go to children’s hospitals,” the 36-year-old said. “It would be so much fun.”

Several people said before donating their imagined lottery winnings, they’d pay off bills or debts.

Sisters Lindsey Stein, 19, and Brenna Stein, 18, from Hankinson, said they would pay for college first. After that, they’d donate to their hometown’s parish. Lindsey Stein said she’d donate to her school, the University of Mary in Bismarck.

Jodi Casanova, 44, of Aberdeen, S.D., said that after paying off her family’s bills, she’d use the money to expand Aber-deen’s running trails and establish a scholarship at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

Casanova also said she’d spend the money on traveling to Italy, Greece or Alaska.

There were also practical ideas for spending the imaginary millions.

Judy Gabur, 66, of Brentford, S.D., said after paying for her children’s bills and grandchildren’s college, she’d use the leftover money to landscape her yard.

If Jim Fey, 45, of Fargo, won the lottery, he’d retire, relax and take care of his family.

“I’d live here in the summer months, and then I’d go to live in Florida during the winter,” Fey said. “That’d be the life.”

Local gas station workers said several people came in Saturday to buy lottery tickets before the drawing.

“We’ve had a lot of people,” said Jeremy Wang, a cashier at M&H on Main Avenue in Moorhead. “Some people have been buying five (Powerball tickets) at a time, when usually they only buy one or two.”

Alicia Shepherd, cashier at Stop-N-Go on South University Drive in Fargo, said at about noon that there hadn’t been a lottery ticket rush yet.

“The people who do come in to buy have been saying they only buy them when it’s big, though,” Shepherd said.

The winning numbers were not available at press time.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Charly Haley at (701) 235-7311

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