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Convenience Store Posts 'Anti-Disrespect' Signs To Deter Arguments Among Powerball Customers (Photo)

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The scramble to win the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history has caused at least one convenience store to erect “anti-disrespect” signs. 

A Circle K store in Chandler, Arizona, posted signs reserving the right to refuse service to unruly customers who are waiting to purchase Powerball tickets.

After two men yelled at the cashier at the convenience store on Jan. 10, the owner posted “anti-disrespect” signs to deter future arguments.

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“Any attitude or negativity directed towards employees will automatically result in a ten-minute shutdown of the Powerball machine for everyone," reads the sign, reported KPNX. "Being unkind WILL cost you one billion dollars.”

The cashier refused service to both men and sold the ticket to another customer waiting in line.

The Powerball jackpot has gone without a grand prize winner since Nov.  7, 2015. The upcoming drawing on Jan. 13 at 10  p.m. EST may reach $1.3 billion, the first U.S. lottery jackpot to reach over $1 billion and a possible world record.

The historically large jackpot is creating unforeseen problems, as many electronic billboards promoting the multi-state lottery cannot display billion-dollar prizes since the phrase "million" is attached to the signs, according to USA Today.

The Jan. 13 jackpot would be twice as large as the previous largest U.S. lottery prize from March 2012, when Mega Millions paid $656 million for three tickets from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland. It would also more than double the $590.5 million that Powerball paid in May 2013 for one winning ticket in Florida.

The winning, unclaimed numbers on Jan. 9 were 16-19-32-34-57 and Powerball number 13. According to Jeffrey Miecznikowski, an associate professor of biostatistics, the possible reason why there were no overall winners may be due to the Powerball number being number 13, as players who chose their own numbers might have avoided the "unlucky" number.

Despite the lack of a jackpot winner, The Jan. 9  drawing still had nearly $160 million in smaller prizes, including prizes of over $1 million in more than 12 states.

"That just shows the total randomness of Powerball," Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery, said to NBC's "Today" show. "At our peak last night, we were selling more than $1.2 million in Powerball tickets every single minute."

Sources: KPNX, USA Today, NBC/Today / Photo credit: KPNX, justgrimes/Flickr