Sales grow as Powerball jackpot soars to $800 million

Jan 10, 2016, 00:01

"One in trillion chance that someone is going to get the winning ticket", Bhandary said.

It's easy to understand why.

That jackpot is more than anybody has ever won before.

It's because the jackpot is actually only $558 million (before taxes) if the victor decides to take a lump sum payment.

Saturday night's Powerball will boast a prize of $700 million, the biggest lottery jackpot in US history. Meet the lucky winners of the largest lottery jackpots in USA historyYes, you can play in IL!

A Lottery official told the News Service on Friday that once December revenue numbers are finalized, the month is expected to show an increase over December 2014, and January's revenue total will likely reflect a "considerable increase" over January 2015 as a result of the record jackpot.

A news release from the Iowa Lottery says strong sales in Iowa and across the country could lead to a final jackpot amount could be even higher. With ticket sales doubling previous records, the odds are growin...

But you can win more if you shell out another dollar to add the Power Play option. Almost impossible odds aren't stopping people from lining up to buy tickets, everyone's dreaming of an $800 million Powerball payoff at Elite Liquors in northwest Fresno.

Of course those number are only for Wisconsin. The allows agents to purchase tickets on behalf of Canadians from lottery retailers. "If one person won that from this area, it would be wonderful".

She swung by the Kwik Trip on E. Grand Chippewa Falls early Friday afternoon to pick up a few tickets. "I'd be so happy for them", Culver said.

"It'd be nice not to have to work", she said. Anyone who finds the ticket can claim it, unless you sign the ticket.

The next Powerball victor will get a historic fortune.

A Powerball drawing is held every Wednesday and Saturday night. Since then, the pot has grown from its $40 million starting point.

This jackpot has been rolling since the November 4, 2015, drawing. Powerball is a national jackpot game anyway.

There are 292.2 million possible combinations of the five white balls and red Powerball.

Tickets sales end at 9 p.m. today. MI began selling Powerball tickets on January 31, 2010.

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