Powerball Tickets Driving Sales of Snacks at Gas Stations

Madison Heights, VA - That $550 million jackpot seems to be driving sales at local gas stations. Store employees say they have seen a big increase in sales for snacks, drinks and cigarettes.

They say once people are in the store and purchase a ticket or two, they find themselves picking up some gum or a bag of chips.

Smile Gas in Madison Heights says big lottery jackpots are great for increasing sales within the store.

"It's increased a lot and the flow of traffic here because we always do good when it comes to selling tickets and Poweballs and lottery tickets so I think it's increased a lot," said Joyce Eckel.

If you are looking to pick up a ticket you have until 10 p.m. Wednesday. According to Powerball's website, the drawing will take place at 10:59 p.m.