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Powerball winnings: New Yorkers share what they'd do with the lottery jackpot

The New York Powerball jackpot prize is at an estimated $1.5 billion -- a record high -- for the Wednesday draw. That staggering figure has many hopeful players already seeing green. Several players shared their dreams of hitting the jackpot with amNewYork

(They most likely won't though. Sorry!)

Luis Alaba

Luis Alaba, a 54-year-old accountant from the Upper
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Luis Alaba, a 54-year-old accountant from the Upper West Side, said he would use the money to move elsewhere in Manhattan, provide for his family, travel the world, buy a new car and take tennis lessons.

"If I win, first of all I would move out of [my apartment] and buy an apartment near midtown or Chelsea," he said. "The second thing would be that I provide for all my relatives ... and for myself. I would quit my job and just go on vacation. I'd travel the world," Alaba said, adding that he wants to visit Iceland and Istanbul.

Tiana Wilson

Tiana Wilson, 33, a finance manager originally from
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Tiana Wilson, 33, a finance manager originally from Harlem and now living in New Jersey, said she would use her winnings to kickstart a business and move somewhere warm.

"That jackpot is amazing, I keep having dreams that I'm winning, so let's see," she said. "I would probably open up my own business, a restaurant [serving] everything, Italian, Soul Food, the works."

"I would definitely move somewhere where it's [a] hot climate all of the time, probably Hawaii. ... I need good weather, I'm a summer baby, I need the heat. I'm always cold."

The Robinsons

Ashley and Karlis Robinson (both 30), a married
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Ashley and Karlis Robinson (both 30), a married couple from Atlanta, heard about the New York Powerball prize money on the news during their stay in New York and couldn't resist picking up a ticket for Wednesday's draw.

The Robinsons said that they would probably use the prize money to move to Hawaii and retire early.

Glendon Taitt, Sr.

Glendon Taitt Sr., 52, a human resources director
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Glendon Taitt Sr., 52, a human resources director from Cambria Heights, Queens, said he would buy a large house in a quiet area, donate some of his earnings to the church in Park Slope he attends and help the impoverished youth in New York.

"I'm always feeling luck, I wake in the morning blessed, so I'm good," he said. "It's an opportunity to win millions -- billions at this point."

"I'd help some of the youth," he continued. "I'm a people person and I believe that some people deserve an opportunity where there is none."

Hal Kleinman

Hal Kleinman, an 83-year-old executive vice president at
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Hal Kleinman, an 83-year-old executive vice president at a Manhattan clothing company who is from New Rochelle, said he would give most of his prize money to his family and spend more time traveling around the world with his wife Barbara.

"I very rarely play this but my wife told me don't come home tonight unless you play Powerball," he said. "I don't expect to win, you can't depend on luck to survive today, you gotta make your own luck."

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