Powerball sales must stop by 10 p.m. EST on Saturday, but states can cut off sales earlier. The record-breaking Powerball jackpot broke yet another record by Saturday noon. With hours to go before the drawing for a record $900 million Powerball jackpot, Everett reminded lottery players at the store to remember who sold them their tickets.
A victor would have the option of being paid $900 million through annual payments over 29 years or opting for one $558 million cash payment. In Wisconsin this week alone, 11 million Powerball tickets were sold in anticipation for tonight’s drawing. “But, you just can’t help but get a ticket now”, Frank Brewer said. Hey, at least you have a better chance of winning the Powerball than finishing with a ideal NCAA men’s tournament bracket (1 in 1,610,543,269).
In the previous drawing on Wednesday night, the jackpot stood at $500 million (NZ$764 million) and nobody won, setting the stage for this latest drawing just before 5pm today local time. There was similar hoopla at Willowbrook Deli at 2520 Victory Boulevard, where an unidentified victor purchased the winning ticket for Friday’s national Mega Millions jackpot of $165 million. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1: 292,201,338. The card shop at 2736 Hylan Blvd. had Powerball players lined up throughout the morning to the endless grinds and ticks of the lottery ticket machines. Saturday’s drawing takes place at 7:59 p.m.
“We know the average American is quite financially illiterate”, Mitchell said. Because the payout is based on sales, the prize has grown more quickly as people rush to buy tickets. If no one matches all the numbers Saturday night, the next drawing is expected to soar to $1.3 billion, according to officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game. “A lot of people who don’t normally play, and who very, very rarely play, were buying”.
“I guess eight is going to break the money down a lot”, said the 55-year-old, whose groups include Madison Square Garden, where he monitors security for deliveries, the truck drivers delivering those goods and the third in his Brooklyn neighborhood. Should no one win AGAIN during this drawing, there’ll be another drawing on January 13. NY was second, selling $22 million worth.