A customer holds Powerball tickets that he purchased at Kavanagh Liquors on Jan. 12, 2015 in San Lorenzo, Calif.
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By NBC News
January 13, 2016

BEIJING — Powerball fever reached China on Wednesday as wannabe billionaires rushed to buy tickets from online entrepreneurs.

A handful of U.S-based sellers on popular Chinese e-commerce site Taobao were offering $2 tickets for around 20-30 yuan ($3-$4.60) each.

Buyers were advised to send the numbers they wanted for Wednesday’s $1.5 billion draw and told photos of their tickets would be emailed back to China.

The sellers’ histories suggested only a few thousand had been sold and Taobao seemed to have taken notice and started removing some of their profiles.

One Powerball ticket seller, who claimed to be studying in the U.S. but declined to. . .

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