Record jackpot is almost irresistible

HARLINGEN — Rogelio Rangel isn’t a gambler and he’s never bought a lottery ticket in his life.

But he’ll be plunking down a few dollars for a shot at what’s being called the biggest jackpot in the history of the world — the estimated $1.3 billion Powerball prize.

“With that kind of money, you can take a chance,” Rangel, a 52-year-old carpet layer and handyman, said yesterday outside an F Street convenience store.

“It’s big odds, but it’s even bigger if you don’t buy one (ticket). I’ll take my chances,” he said with a laugh.

No one matched Saturday’s winning numbers — 16-19-32-34-57 and Powerball number of 13. So all eyes are now on Wednesday’s drawing and its astronomical prize.

Judging by Saturday’s lottery crowd, store clerk William Euceda says he’s going to need some help when he goes to work Wednesday.

He said his sales at the K&W store on Tyler Avenue are largely in beer. So Saturday, he was surprised by the number of customers coming in to buy Powerball tickets.

But his parents’ store in San Benito, the BNA Quickstop on South Sam Houston Boulevard, was even busier.

“Wow. It was completely packed. They had two registers and both were packed with lines of people,” said Euceda, 23. “It was so crazy.”

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