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Powerball jackpot surges to $500M

A lot of people are hoping to get rich quick after Wednesday evening’s Powerball drawing.

Among Alabama’s neighboring states, Powerball tickets are sold in Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. “Maybe that will be a lucky number”, Barnett said.

“I just want to see if I can win”, Foos said.

What happens if no one wins tonight?

“Everyone’s talking about it”, commented Selvaggio. Larger jackpots generate more attention, both from the media and the public, which generates more sales.

The Georgia Lottery says players should always check their tickets.

Employees there said they saw a significant increase in ticket sales the day of the drawing, and added their sales almost doubled in the last few hours before the drawing. Nationally, 316 prizes of $1 million or $2 million have been won in the past year.

According to Michigan Lottery rep Jeff Holyfield, since noon today (Jan. 6, 2016), Michigan players have purchased more than 1.6 million tickets for tonight’s Powerball drawing.

“About 80 to 90 percent of people win that way”, said Kelly Tabor with the Colorado Lottery. But as lottery officials often note, people have no chance of winning if they don’t buy a ticket. “Those odds are steep”. The jackpot odds stand at 292,000,000 to 1. For reference, the chance that a person will be killed by a shark is one in 3.7 million and the chance of being struck by lightning is one in 79,746. It’s about one in 960 thousand. We might have a chance.

“I came back home Friday afternoon”. “I have a passion for that”.

If you choose the $500 million annuity, it would be paid out over the next 29 years. But Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill earlier this month authorizing the Illinois Lottery to resume all victor payouts.

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