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Heartland businesses cashing in on lotto frenzy

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Lottery vendors in the Heartland are seeing a boost in business as the jackpot continues to grow.

The Powerball payout is at $1.5 billion as of Tuesday night.

Steven Majeed, owner of SEMO Gas, said he’s seen more customers than ever before. He attributes that to the record jackpot.

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Vendors don’t profit directly from lotto sales, but rather other purchases people make while in the store.

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