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air tonight, lottery officials tells they have at t one winner, in california, in jackpot in history. nearly $1.6n. hundreds gathering outsi thede 7-eleven where the winning ticket was sold. abc's david wright has the latest tonight plu fascinating advice from past winners. >> tonight's jackpot is approaching $1.6 billion -- >> reporter: tonight millionsf americans t inun to see the powerball drawin century. moments after tonight'sdrawing, california lotto officials tweeted, we have a winner in california. a t-winning ticket was sold in chino hills. we're still awaiting results from other states. the winning ticket apparently sold at this 7-eleven store. meaning someone will be claiming, org, that jaw-dropping $1.5 billion ckpot.
seen. making this a $2 ticket to the 1% club. in theory, at least. >> c ine ere?th >> sure, you can. you can have an umbrella in case. >> reporter: we indulged our inner billionaires, shopping for cars -- >> i could get used to this. >> reporter: and condos. >> this is what you need. >> reporter: plenty of other dreaming too. all aoss america. >> il100% confident. pandemonium. >> it's been insane. >> reporter: inspiring billionaires lining up wealth. >> the winner! >> that can't be the winner, we're getting the winner. >> this is the winner! >> reporter: 300 million tickets sold just today,lmos a one country. bets. >> this is the office ol? >> yeah. >> you're entrusted? >> i'm entrusted. hopefully they don't fly away in the wind. >> reporter: 1.5 billion, enough
>> how many tickets are you going to buy? >> i don't know, we'll see. >> reporr:ollywood a-listers. the gas station across from the golden globes did a brisk business sunday night. >> we have a lot of customers that come and buy for stars. >> reporter: in reality, your chance of winning is pretty the same whether you buy a ticket or not. 538. >> they say you can't win if you don't play. statement? correct statement. i don't know if it constitutes a strategy. i guess that you're marginally increasing y probility of winning from zero to .000000001. i think that's enough zeros. there might be one more winning? 1 in 292 million. in other words, don't feel bad if your number didn't come in. >> complete the sentence for me. the odds of doing blank are bigger than the odds of winning the lottery? >> if you selected a random
human, it's the same probability that they actually represent pennsylvania in congress. >> reporter: in october, lottery officials added more of thosele hite balls, making it driving up the jackpot. >> there's a sense ast gets bigger your chances of winning improve? is that true? >> not really, no. the chances of winning, whether it's $4 million or $1.5 billion, they're the same. >> reporter: okay, i'm not sure i quite get the math. but if i'm a billionaire, i don't have to worry about math. right? prepare for when i'm a billionaire >> reporter: if i'm a billionaire i could easily afford a better ride than bruno mars and travis mccoy in that music video "billionaire." >> here we have the porsche. would be chump change. >> $1.5 million? for this car? >> yes. >> reporter: today walter durso
word that i was good for it. >> you can probably get into a lamborghini, maybe a porsche 918. >> reporter: letting us test drive the rolls-royce phantom, price tag $650,000. purchase? >> well, i think we need someplace to park it. real estate. >> reporter: in midtown manhattan, noble black showed us the penthouse in the baccarat residence. >> welcome to the penthouse. >> reporter: a 7,400 square foot apartment -- need. >> reporter: across from rockefeller center. >> you'd want to be body confident, i think, to be in a bathroom like this. >> it's not suitable for shy people. if you're a billionaire you can afford curtains. >> if i care ask, the price tag? >> the price is $60 million. >> $60million? >> just $60 million. >> you could buy several? >> you could buy several, have onen i every city. >> reporter: with cash to last a
>> there you go. >> it's crazy. >> reporter: when jewelry leech won $310 million in october, she was clear she wasn't going back to work. >> oh, i q automatically. >> reporter: with this much money, you couui in style. >> i'm here to tell you that i'm quitting. >> reporter:emember joey quits who went viral quitting with the help of a marching band. >> reporter: for a mere $1 million, hire justin timberlake to tell your boss to -- or get any number of big-name acts to deliver the >> let's talk about doing this. >> reporter: that isn't ambitious enough you could follow in the steps of gwen dean wh had a message for boss ted in this godaddy super bowl ad. >> hi, ted. i quit. >> she just quit her job. >> yep. >> in front of 100 million people. >> job, baby. >> reporter: rates for this year's super bowl commercials are estimated at $5 million for
the powerball winner could afford a super bowl infomercial. but before we all get carried away, most experts in instant wealth, like "shark tank's" barbara corcoran, says quitting isn't always a good idea. >> you keep a pattern going, it helps you have discipline. ye yous, shouldn't change anything stca of all your job. >> reporter: still, more money than most of us can im just ask former lotto winner loous it's ewe isenberg. >> my life chaedcompletely. >> reporter: a former electrician who won $5 million in 1981, back then the los angeles largest lottery payout ever. >> everybody wanted a piece of me. i met the governor omo, mario cue bmow, celebrities, johnny carson, oprah winfrey. >> reporter: nearly 35 years later he squandered all the money. his advice? >> go slow a little bit. enjoy what you're doing. >> reporter: lou, having won big
including today. >> are we going to win the powerball? >> you keep hitting my shoulder, we're going to win, yes. >> reporter: hoping lightning will strike twice. while he may not be rich anymore he says he's rich at heart. >> now the only thing i'm happy with is my sweetheart and i care for her, i love her. and i didn't have that before. >> reporter: so assuming, like me, youidn't win, take heart. your odds of winning the powerball were slim to none. your os of being happy anyway are much, much better. i'm david wright for "nightlin new york. coming up next on "nightline," why these people, who are terrified of roller coasters, are voluntarily a roller coaster. tips on how you can conquer your deepest fears. 20 years "the lion king," the new generation taking the lead. the making of "the lion guard."
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fear is part tf human condition. it serves an evolutionary purpe. fear can keep you in a dangerous situation. but when itrom driving your car or getting on a plane, fear can be unnecessary and
destructive. tonight one radical and frankly scary method for facing your phobias head-on. it won't be easy. here's abc's linzie janis in our series "project you." >> reporter: for these students, there is nothing amusing about this ohio amusement park. >> it's okay. >> reporter: they're not here
they're here in the roller coaster capital of the world to face, and hopefully ovcoer, their biggest fear. >> how are you feeling? >> i am feeling nervous standing here. >> reporter: will they find the courage to buckle up and ride? or beg to get off? >> how many of you, when you ride a roller coaster or think about riding aol rr coaster, get a little bit of fear or anxiety? >> reporter: believe it or not these terrified students signed up for this. they'reum guinea pigs in abnormal psycholass. >> which brings us to what the face your fearro about. rep>>ter: in this unique face your fear project, professor kevin myer teachestudes to overcome general anxiety and phobias through immersion and exposure therapy. >>everyone's going to get something out of this. >> reporter: the class, including lexie, zach, and mary, will have learned to overcome their own mental corkscrew.
coasters that's true. the techniques they're going to learn this class are generalizable to all s anxiies and fears. >> reporter: nearly 40 million adults in this country suffer some form of anxiety disorder. from social anxiety and panic disorder to the more extreme fo,rm phobias. and many of these different anxieties can be treated and even cured using a common approach. >> we teach people how to relax, how to relax their bodies so they canearn to control their emotions and become more mindful they're feeling. >> reporter: so chances are if you're afraid of something, there may not be a classhelpou overcome it. paralyzed by icy roads? ta this bridgestone winter driving school in colorado. >> no brakes. no brakes. >> reporter: or afraid to fly? oh my god. >> reporter: take a class in fearless flyingro a retired air force pilot.
thought. i think maybe this is my first time flying so -- just getting over that hurdle. >> reporter: back in ohio, to get a baseline read on the level of fear amongst professor myer's students, we b fug to cedar point eight weeks early. lexie is the safety feature of the 93-mile-per-hour millennium force. >> are those like mechanically come down or do they push them down? >> they do not release until we underneath. >> i see younger kids who are happy to go on this. i'm 21 and afraid and it's >> reporter: she says she's hoping in eight weeks not only will she be able to ride, but to anxieties. >> i hate to go anywhere with a crowd. >> reporter: mary tout knows exactl how lexie feels. her goal? to not overthink a ride on top thrill that.
anything she learns in class will be enough to erase her fear. >> as i'mtandg here now i feel sick to my stomach. it's terrifying, to say the least. guess my goal is to at least get farther in line, let alone ride >> reporter: 6'6" zach irwin has never ridden a roller coaster because he's consumed with the idea he might fall out. >> a very intense fear, whether it's rational or not. >> reporter: but he's hoping he'll be able to joinexie on the millennium force ineven s weeks. >> taking a deep breath is extremely important -- >> reporter: in preparaon fti the big day professor myer teaches his class a series of techniques. >> step one is learning how to breathe. breathe in slowly to a count of five. >> reporter: breathe and focus on the present. write a letter from your future self telling you what it felt like tosucceed. rethink how you think by watching point of view videos. >> it gives their brain another option --
it takes mindful practice to make them work. >> i came back to mym later and did the breathingexercises. and i came out of it really relaxed. >> reporter: eight weeks later, change. >> i think the breathing exercises that we've been doing have actually been working more than i thought. finally kind of slowing my thoughts down. >> reporter: zacas newfound determination. >> it's kind of, you know, go big or go home at this point. >> reporter: butis still racked with apprehension. >> how are you feg? >> a little sick to my stomach right now. >> take deep breaths are say your mantras. . distract yourself. it is going to be fun. >> you're terrified, are you okay? >> i'm good. we'll power through. >> check your seats. please stand clear of the gates.
of truth. >> how do you feel right now? >> so proud. >> proud? >> yeah. >> just looking at it -- loongit's worsehan being on it, i think. >> reporter: and mary? trades her tears for cheers. >> how do you feel? >> so happy it's over with. i actually had fun. >> what does it mean that you conquered this fear? >> it means that i overcame something that was anxious for me. was able to just push through it and know that i wason enough to do it. >> reporter: confidence they hope will follow them for the rest of their lives. >> now i can do anything. >> good for you! well done. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm linzie janis in ndusky, ohio. up next here, the circle of
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>> we kind of stand in front of and look at. being tall we'd want to go with something smaller. like a dicdic but we couldn't say it on a junior show. >> reporter: they consult zoologists to get the animal behavior right. apart of course from the fact that theytalk. >> later, jed! >> reporter: on "lion guard," rob lowe,hyland, and seom new guy. >> exaggerated is totally fine. >> number two here at 14 nutes. >> hey, our flowers! >> reporter: and my john wayne bush buck made it into the show. >> hey, our flowers! >> reporter: "the lion guard" tv movie premiered in novemr with record ratings. clearly these guys know we doing. i told you i couldn't do it. >> that's enough. >> that was precisely it!
>> i hate you all. >> reporter: i'm nick watt for "nightline" in los angeles. >> a newaree c for nick tt. thank you for watching. stay tuned for more on the winning powerball ticket. perhaps more coming up. "world news new" coming up with all the latest. tune into gma first thing in the morning and as always online 24/7 on our "nightline" facebook page and abcnews.com. have a great night and we will see u back here this saturday night. goodbye, everybody. >> no one covers new hampshire like we do.