METHUEN, MASS. (WHDH) - As the national Powerball jackpot hit half a billion dollars Saturday, Massachusetts residents hit stores for tickets.

“I buy it sometimes, not always, but I might buy it right now,” said Joel Rodrieguez.

The jackpot was last hit on Oct. 4. The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 25, but the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

But ticket buyers said the long odds were worth the payout.

“That’s a big … a lot of money. A whole lot of money,” said EJ Woods. “I’d start sending postcards from Tahiti.”

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