Customers at the Dixon Landing Chevron station in Milpitas were hoping that lightning would strike twice, and that they'd be the lucky winner of the latest Powerball jackpot estimated on Friday morning to be worth $415 million.
The same gas station at 1551 California Circle sold a $425 million jackpot was in February 2014.
That prize was claimed by B. Raymond Buxton, who bought the ticket while getting lunch at Subway inside.
And on Friday, customers inside the same store hoped a little of Buxton's luck would rub off on them.
"It's worth the gamble," Thomas Johnson of San Jose said. "If you don't play, you don't win."
And Kimberly Smith of Tracy admitted that she usually doesn't buy lottery tickets, but changed her mind this time just because of the size of the prize. "It's my first one," she said.
In terms of the current lottery game, there was no jackpot winner in Wednesday night's drawing, increasing the prize from $348 million to an estimated $415 million.
While that's not chump change, it's a far cry from the $1.6 billion Powerball prize shared by three winning lottery ticketholders in January, the largest ever jackpot draw in the world. No one has won the full jackpot since March 2.
Powerball says the odds of winning the top prize are one in more than 292 million.
Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.