Lottery fever is sweeping across the country, and New Bedford is no exception.

A few hopefuls bought their Powerball tickets at Costa's Cash Express minimart on Belleville Road in search of the $500-million winfall.

Joe Christmas bought a ticket and is hoping for some divine intervention....

Christmas says if he wins he'll pay off all his bills, take care of his family, and take a vacation.

Dan McGolan plans on purchasing his ticket today. He says if there's a chance to win millions, what's ten bucks?

McGolan says if he wins the jackpot, he'll pay off his mortgage and take care of his loved ones.

The record half-billion dollar jackpot is expected to inflate even more before Wednesday night's drawing.