September 21 2017

Numbers Drawn for $700M Powerball Jackpot

September 21 2017, 07:44 | Van Peters

North Fork residents are ready for $700M Powerball jackpot drawing

What to do if you win the lottery

The second-biggest Powerball drawing in US history has reached $700 million, and that number could rise as more people buy tickets.

Also, people statistically choose odd numbers more often.

"Hopefully retire, that's my goal at my age, yeah, travel and retire", she said.

"I just buy when it's big", the Warwick woman said.

For some, the grand prize would be their opporunity to donate to charities they care about.

"You should play anyway", Lefton says.

"The response is strong, and it's really going to peak about 6 o'clock tonight", said Tom Delacenserie, President of the Kentucky Lottery.

Wednesday's jackpot of $700 million was expected to balloon by Wednesday morning because of what Tabor called "jackpot chasers", the casual lottery players who join in when the Powerball reaches astronomical heights. That was for more than $208 million.

The estimated jackpot is US$700 million only if the victor agrees to get 30 payments over 29 years.

Tickets cost $2 each and can be purchased until 10 p.m. for the 10:59 p.m. drawing Wednesday, according to a press release. If someone wins, the jackpot will drop back down to $40 million. He bought his Powerball tickets at Dee's Cigar Store on State Street in Erie.

The odds of winning the top prize, 1 in 292 million, yet lottery officials expect 170 million tickets to be sold from last Saturday to tonight's drawing.

The jackpot is now the second-highest jackpot ever for the game, which was $1.6 billion in January 2016.

With $700 million on the line, no one wants to miss out on being the Powerball victor to cash in big. They hope to share the winnings with family members and to buy one or more houses. Each jurisdiction decides how to spend the money raised by Powerball and other lottery games, with some funding college scholarships, others spending the money on transportation and many using it for general state programs.

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