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Big jackpot lures newbies to try Powerball

Crystal Smith of Rexford buys her Powerball tickets from Rachel Houghton at the Stewart's Shop on Route 50 in Burnt Hills on Wednesday afternoon.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Crystal Smith of Rexford buys her Powerball tickets from Rachel Houghton at the Stewart's Shop on Route 50 in Burnt Hills on Wednesday afternoon.
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A lot of people played Powerball for the first time on Wednesday. Many were lured by the thought of winning the $550 million jackpot. “I figured, ‘Why not me?’” said Dale Pepper, who bought $40-plus worth of tickets — $2 a pop — at the Country Farms store on Erie Boulevard. He played his and his daughter’s birth dates and hoped for the best. People were buying tickets in bunches. “Usually people will buy one ...


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