Picture this: as you cruise down Highway 431, crossing into Tennessee from Alabama, you stumble upon a truly enchanting place – the legendary “Magic Mile.” It’s a stretch of road adorned with six Tennessee Lottery stores, boasting the grand title of the “luckiest mile in Tennessee.” And what makes it even more fascinating? The parking lots are packed with cars, each proudly donning an Alabama license plate. Why, you might wonder?
Alabama happens to be one of the five states in the entire US that still hasn’t embraced the wonders of a lottery. So, when the jackpot soars to a jaw-dropping $900 Million dollars, you can bet your lucky charms that Alabamians are making a beeline for the Magic Mile to seize their shot at fortune.
Inside those stores, we met colorful characters from all around – Huntsville, Danville, Cullman – folks from different corners of north Alabama, united in their quest for the dream win.
Take Englert, for instance. She’s one smart cookie who’s got her best friend’s back. While they both buy tickets, she wisely holds onto them because, as she puts it, her friend’s got a habit of misplacing things. No way she’s letting those precious tickets slip through her fingers! And hey, if she wins, it’s all gonna be a secret. “Chicken lips” is the term she affectionately uses to describe her friend’s chatterbox tendencies, so keeping it hush-hush until the right moment is key.
But wait, hold on to your hats! When it comes to spending those winnings, Englert and her friend seem to have some wildly different ideas. Her friend’s all about an African safari, while Englert promptly vetoes the idea, citing the sweltering heat and the lack of air conditioning on those safari cars. No way, no how! A savvy decision, we’d say.
But hey, let’s not get carried away just yet. The odds of winning the Powerball aren’t exactly stacked in our favor. Still, as they say, you gotta be in it to win it, right? Besides, all those Alabamians flocking to Tennessee are helping the Volunteer State’s schools, colleges, and roads flourish. Tennessee’s reaping the rewards while Alabama’s still trying to figure out the lottery game.
Fingers crossed for all the dreamers out there, and who knows, maybe one day Alabama will join the lottery party. But until then, let’s keep the Magic Mile brimming with hopeful souls, chasing the promise of that life-changing jackpot!
The next Powerball drawing? It’s on Monday night, 9:59 Central. So, buckle up and get ready for the thrilling ride of dreams, because if no one wins, that jackpot’s soaring even higher for the next round!