Powerball Jackpot Reaches $1 Billion, Second Highest Prize Ever for Monday Night’s Drawing

People showed up at convenience stores, groceries and gas stations across the country on Halloween in hopes of finding their cure: a chance at Monday night’s massive $1 billion Powerball jackpot.

Among them was Janice Turner, one of a steady stream of people — some wearing costumes — buying Powerball tickets at an outdoor kiosk in midtown Manhattan.

“I’m looking forward to becoming the next billionaire,” Turner said. “I think it’s going to be lucky Halloween.”

In the same line was Scott Henion, who was already planning to win the jackpot.

“I will definitely retire, finish my house, maybe buy another house, maybe buy some nice cars, have a nice vacation,” he said. “And then maybe prepare all my friends and family for the rest of their lives and travel the world, you know, do whatever I wanted.”

In Houston, 60-year-old Candy Dumas, a real estate home stager, said she came to Super K’s food store because of the high payment.

“If I’m the lucky winner tonight, the first thing I’m going to do is definitely give something to my church,” Dumas said. “The other thing would be to buy a house for my kids. That’s what I definitely want to do to help my family.”

Guru Reddy, a clerk at the store, said people come to the store from miles away because it has a history of selling big jackpot winners and people like to dream of owning expensive things they can’t afford.

Dozens of people, including Aurelia Pearson, lined up Monday to buy tickets at the Bluebird Liquor store in Hawthorne, California, which also has a reputation as a lucky store.

“It’s a good place to come,” Pearson said. “And when it’s a good place to come, you should come and play and keep your mind on it and be positive and things will happen for you.”

And Sally Tanner said she would give away the majority of her winnings after buying a house for herself and paying for her son’s college costs.

“We’re going through a recession right now,” Tanner said. “The economy sucks, so I’ll be a giver. I’m a giver, but I’ll keep some for us. I think my cup will be full, but when it’s overflowing, I’ll bless others.”

The jackpot goes up after all six numbers are not matched saturday night drawing, This is the fifth largest lottery jackpot in US history. The biggest prize was the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot, which was won by three winners in 2016.

No one has hit all six numbers since August 3rd, a testament to how slim the chances of winning the jackpot are: 1 in 292.2 million.

Monday’s huge jackpot comes less than two years after another lottery hit $1 billion. A ticket won a jackpot of $1.05 billion by matching all six numbers drawn in the Mega Millions lottery on January 22, 2021.

Large-scale lottery jackpots have become more common in recent years as lottery officials adjust the rules of the game and ticket prices to increase the top prizes. The most recent change came in August, when Powerball executives added an additional drawing day — from two drawings a week to three — in an effort to create bigger prizes and boost sales.

Although the chances of winning are low, the chances of someone or even several players winning are increasing. This is because as the jackpot increases, more people pony up to play.

The $1 billion jackpot prize is for winners who choose to pick up a piece of the full amount in 29 annual payouts. Nearly all winners opt for the lower cash payout, which would be an estimated $497.3 million for Monday’s drawing.

Once the winning ticket matches the drawing, the Powerball jackpot starts again at $20 million and continues to increase until each drawing is won.

Powerball is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

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