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Bergen County Hopefuls Line Up For $1.5B Powerball Jackpot

Melvin of Teaneck purchases a Powerball ticket along with a case of water at QuickChek in Bogota. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Melvin of Teaneck is all smiles before purchasing a Powerball ticket. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
QuickChek employee Martha is hoping for financial security for her family. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Benjamin Bozo, left, and Michael Pena, both 21, plan on investing and donating their winnings to charity. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Robyn Urman wants to save the animals. Photo Credit: Facebook

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. — The estimated jackpot for the multi-state Powerball lottery soared up to $1.5 billion Tuesday morning — crushing another world record.

Bergen County hopefuls were eager to cash out in Wednesday evening's drawing.

“I would definitely share with the family and give some to charity — probably to breast cancer,” said 21-year-old Michael Pena of Bogota, who purchased a ticket from QuickChek in Bogota on Tuesday morning.

Standing next to Pena in the sandwich line was his friend Benjamin Pozo, also 21 of Bogota.

“I think it’s an unfathomable amount of money,” Bozo said. “I sat down with a calculator to understand it."

Bozo said he'd first pay off debts for his immediate family and then set aside money for his nieces’ and nephews’ college funds.

“I’d put some away so I can’t touch it for a certain amount of time," he said. "I’d definitely get something nice though, like a car or truck.”

A QuickChek employee completed hundreds of Powerball transactions but made sure she did one of her own before catching the bus back to West New York.

“I would help my family,” she said.

So would Melvin of Teaneck.

“I would take care of all of my close friends and family,” he said. “And then I would go to Paris for a week, and then Amsterdam.”

Dumont's Robyn Urman is determined to save the animals.

“There would be no more shelter dogs if I won,” who operates the non-profit , of PetResQ. “I want to build pet-friendly apartment complexes all over the country and do senior programs for the elderly so they can still have animals, even if they can’t afford them.

“Every child with autism and bullied child needs an animal. I’d purchase spay and neuter trucks for every county for free inoculation for those who can’t afford it."

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