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Would local pastors accept money from Powerball winner?

If you won the $400 million Powerball jackpot and wanted to give money to your church, would they accept it?

It's a great day to be a millionaire, if you're into playing the Powerball game. The jackpot has climbed to $400 million.

Potential millionaires went to Exxon on the corner of Knight Street and Shreveport/Barksdale Highway to fulfill their dreams.

"I'd like to retire, help some of my family retire and help some team members retire," says customer Brenda Bee. 

There's also a lucky ritual for customers.

"One of my secrets is when we sell the tickets I usually run it in between my hands and blow on it, then have them run it between their hands and blow on it and then it's lucky."

While many people think about how to spend the money, most people add tithing to their church in the equation.

Being that the money comes from gambling on lottery numbers, would churches reject it?

"No more than I would tell my son he can't bring the teddy bear home from the state fair, because he spent one dollar had three shots, made one and won a teddy bear," says Pastor Theron Jackson.

"I wouldn't have any problem with that, and I will tell you why: the way we look at it, we take the devils money and do gods work with it," says Ed Baswell, Pastor of Clarion Church in Bossier City.

Both men say while they wouldn't turn the money down, they wouldn't encourage anyone to gamble.

"I'd tell them I think it's a bad idea,” says Jackson. “I think that it's perhaps throwing your money away."

"I would discourage them,” says Baswell. “They are free to do what they want, but from a pastoral perspective, from a scriptural perspective, I would say it's not a good idea, I don't think it would please your heavenly father for you to do this."

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