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Aug. 15 Powerball jackpot at $320 million

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With the clock winding down, the mad dash for fast cash is on for many people across the country.

PHOTOS: Mega Millions D.C. area hopefuls

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PHOTOS: Mega Millions D.C. area hopefuls

The Virginia Lottery expects to sell more than a million Powerball tickets to players hoping to win an estimated $320 million.

The Lottery said Tuesday that players are expected to buy Powerball tickets at a rate of 2,170 a minute at peak times Wednesday.

That includes Catonsville, Md. resident Tom Whitmer.

"I go all around different parts of D.C. so I buy one from each area...trying to increase my chances!," Whimer exclaimed.

The odds are small, but the dreams are big. Folks are crossing their fingers as they fantasize about rolling in the dough.

The Powerball jackpot is the fourth largest in the game's history.

And with the largest cash option in history, the allure of a cool $213 million has Joselin Gallatin playing the odds, for the first time in 30 years.

"This is the first one I've bought since D.C. had the thing 20 or 30 years ago," she says.

If someone's ticket matches all six numbers, they could either take the full amount in 30 annual payments or a one-time cash option of more than $213 million before taxes.

Virginia Pike of Berryville is the state's biggest Powerball winner since the game began in Virginia in January 2010. She bought two winning $1 million tickets for the April 7 drawing.

Watch ABC7 at 11 for the winning numbers.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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