Powerball Jackpot Prize Continues to Rise
As Powerball lottery set records last Saturday night, many new players are buying tickets. Currently set at $900 million annuity with $558 million cash option, it is the largest prize offered in the United States. Strong sales throughout the country could even push the final jackpot to a higher amount into the drawing.
Did anyone win the Jackpot?
Without anyone winning the jackpot, it just keeps growing and growing. It is expected to rise to $1.3 billion on Wednesday, setting a world record.
Powerball is played in 44 states and other U.S. territories. Tickets cost $2; with an extra buck should you want to play the “Powerplay” bonus”.
Twenty-five players won $1 million and three people won $2 million last Saturday, which is already a good consolation.
Associated Press reports that approximately 75% of the possible combinations were bought before the drawing on Saturday. This translates to $900 million Powerball tickets sold in a span of only 5 days.
To win the jackpot, your ticket should have all the 6 numbers correct. The first five may be in any order. However, the 6th must be the Powerball number.
How People Reacted to the Big Lottery Prize?
People all over the U.S. dreamed of what they would do with the money if they won the jackpot: taking a trip around the world or sharing them with others. And as people dream big, it is not a shocker that the U.S. saw sales of $277 million on Friday alone.
A lot of people lined up at the newsstand in New York City’s Penn Station Saturday afternoon, where cashier Setara Begum said she got exhausted from just taking about $10,000 worth of orders that ranged from a single ticket to a man who bought $500 worth of tickets.
“I’m going crazy! I can’t take it anymore!” she said while giggling uncontrollably as she accommodated the customers.