PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Lottery fever has gripped Philadelphia amid the Powerball jackpot, and fans are scrambling to win World Series tickets back home. But for many, the odds are stacked against them.
Fans told CBS3 they were distracted waiting all day for Game 1 on Friday evening and the city can’t wait for Game 3 in Philly. But the odds of winning the ticket lottery to get a seat inside the bank are steep, and some say they’ve won that lottery more than the Powerball jackpot.
“I won the lottery in 2008, so I can’t complain,” said fan Tim Cline
Kline and his family stopped outside Citizens Bank Park to take pictures before heading home to Kentucky. He tried to score a spot inside the bank for the World Series through the ticket lottery but was struck out.
“We tried the lottery but it didn’t work. It’s just that I went with my dad in ’08 right after my twins were born,” Kline said.
“There’s still a lot of time I’m trying to wake up like we’re actually going to the World Series next week. It’s still a dream to me,” Jerrold Reber said.
But Jerrold Reber of Berks County is one of the lucky ones.
The Phillies say more than a million fans entered the ticket lottery but only 20,000 tickets were available for the three home games.
A Rowan University statistician says the odds of winning are about 1 in 100.
“You can’t win if you don’t try, that’s the only thing I think about,” said Buddy Campbell.
Buddy Campbell didn’t try for a World Series ticket but he’s taking a swing at the Powerball jackpot now at $825 million.
Chances of winning the lottery, roughly 1 in 292 million.
“It only takes one to win it and that’s all my dreams come true,” said John McKinney.
Reber says the money is great but seeing the Phils in person at the World Series is even better.