With 17 draws having taken place since the jackpot was last won by an anonymous trust from Tennessee in November 2015, excitement is understandably mounting over the possibility of picking up almost half a billion dollars; this has clearly captured the attention of players across America, who are turning out in droves to buy entries.
In an interview with CNN Money, Kelly Cripe, a spokesperson for the Texas Lottery, claimed that it was estimated that an extra 125 million new tickets have been sold since Sunday. “This is more than 10 times what we see when the jackpot is at low levels.” Cripe added.
The country is bracing itself for what could be one of the largest windfalls in Powerball history. The $450 million fortune would see the winner take their place in the top ten American jackpot winners of all time; sixth, in case you were wondering. It would also see the lucky ticket holder take home more money than three of the last four winners combined, if you exclude the massive $310.5 million picked up by Julie Leach of Michigan in September 2015. However, it doesn’t begin to touch the largest individual lottery prize ever won, which was scooped by Powerball player Gloria Mackenzie of Florida in 2013. The pensioner took home an incredible $590.5 million!
With the memories of last February’s colossal jackpot of $564.1 million, won by Marie Holmes of North Carolina, TL Management Trust of Texas and an anonymous player from Puerto Rico, now seeming like ancient history, it is about time that a new face stepped forward into the Powerball winners’ limelight. Could that someone be you?
While the chances of winning the Powerball jackpot are slim at 1 in 292,201,338, as the old saying goes, you’ve got to be in it to win it, and you could just be the person to beat the odds! Good luck.