(WBIR-KNOXVILLE) As players tried to up their chances by purchasing multiple Powerball tickets, one business banked on one ticket to make thousands of people winners.
"If we were to win that much money, it opens up endless possibilities to giving for us and then for us and then other people too," Alumni Hall Marketing Director Lindsey Rohling said.
Alumni Hall tweeted Wednesday, offering to share potential winnings with those who would retweet the original post and follow its account.
By the drawing at 11 p.m., the store's post reached nearly 2,000 retweets.
"We didn't really know what to expect, honestly," Rohling said. "We've been really happy with the response."
The tweet also said," Even if we don't win, at least we're supporting future University of Tennessee students with the Tennessee Hope Scholarship! Go Vols!"
Unfortunately, the chance of winning was one in 292.2 million and Alumni Hall's ticket fell far short of the Powerball prize. It didn't match a single number.
"You have a better chance of being struck by lightning, bit by a shark," clinical psychologist Diana McCoy said.
Although the chances are slimmer than slim, McCoy said it's worth trying for your brain's sake.
"It offers hope to people," she said. "It's the Cinderella effect that we just never know what might happen. Somebody has to win. It might as well be me."
McCoy said it's only when hope trumps reality that playing the Powerball could be problematic.
"People of lower incomes think that there's more of a chance of winning the lottery than getting a job with six figures, so sometimes we find people with lower incomes and five percent of their income is spent on lottery tickets," she said. "That's significant."