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Despite local couple's win, Powerball jackpot climbing

Special Photo Loganville couple Lee and Pat Pietrobon matched five numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, earning themselves $1 million. No one matched all six numbers, meaning Saturday's drawing will be for more than $550 million.

Special Photo Loganville couple Lee and Pat Pietrobon matched five numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, earning themselves $1 million. No one matched all six numbers, meaning Saturday's drawing will be for more than $550 million.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Wednesday's Powerball drawing brought a $1 million windfall for one Gwinnett couple, but the big prize -- the life-changing, world-shaking, historically massive jackpot that's already eclipsed half a billion dollars -- is still out there.

Loganville resident Lee Pietrobon, 78, and wife Pat matched five Powerball numbers in Wednesday's drawing for the lottery that covers 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands. So far, they have no specific plans for the $1 million prize earned by the ticket they bought at the Publix store at 2715 Loganville Highway.

"I wrote the numbers down (Tuesday) night and looked over them this morning," Lee Pietrobon told Georgia Lottery officials. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing."

Wednesday's winning numbers were 2-11-26-34-41-32.

"I picked the number 2 because we're a couple -- me and my wife -- and our birthdays are in there," Pietrobon said.

Because no one matched all five "regular" numbers and the sixth, earnings-multiplying Powerball number on Wednesday, the total prize has rolled over -- to an estimated $600 million as of lunchtime Friday, the highest ever for the game and the second-highest for any in U.S. history.

Daily Post readers chimed in on Facebook on Friday to share what their plans would be if they wind up with the right ticket and the big jackpot.

Terry Cates said he would donate equipment to children's hospitals, sponsor cancer research, build a church and help fund the Lawrenceville Police Department -- and buy a little more time to do it all.

"I would use it to get the treatment for the type of cancer I have so maybe my life could be extended just a little longer," he wrote.

Wrote Mary Ann Kindrick Mingis: "I would make sure my daughter and future grandchildren would be set up with trust funds. I would share with my family and husband's family and to one random person that I see doing a kindness either for me or someone else. They won't even know me but I will change their life."

Karen Zimmerman Burkenpas said she would help out struggling family members, among other things.

"Pay off my house, get some much needed home repairs, travel and donate to some charities I am very passionate about," she said.

Readers Joe Cobb and Dennis Cook were quick with a joke.

Said Cobb: "I'd buy 300 million more Powerball tickets."

Said Cook: "Buy a new Government..!!??"