Powerball Jackpot fever is hotter than ever as a record-breaking $800 million estimated jackpot goes up for grabs in tonight’s drawing.
If tonight’s Powerball Jackpot isn’t claimed, the jackpot will soar to over an unheard-of $1 billion dollar jackpot.
It becomes hard to even wrap the mind around what one could do with the winnings from that Powerball jackpot.
But, it seems people are big enough dreamers that ticket sales are still on fire. In fact, Iowa lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer said some Iowa stores were running out of paper for tickets, leaving lottery workers in a frenzy to resupply.
This unprecendented jackpot, while shocking, was expected.
Back in October, Powerball jackpot rule changes made the odds even smaller that someone would take home the jackpot.
This naturally brought on the record breaking increases that have come from no one winning the Powerball jackpot since November.
However, the Powerball jackpot rule changes made odds higher that one would win one of the smaller prizes, as low as $4.
But still, $800 million is enough to drive even the biggest statistics skeptic to buy at least a ticket or two.
Ron Wasserstein, executive director of the Alexandria, Virginia-based American Statistical Association, said, “Once you get numbers that size, it’s hard for people to wrap their minds around them.”
He continued, “You take odds that were really, really small before, and now they’re nearly twice as small as they were before.”
Obviously, though, as his job title would suggest, he’s not a big player of the Powerball jackpot.
He added, “I can assure you, there is no office pool for the lottery at the American Statistical Association.”
Sounds like a fun place to work.
Are you going to run out and buy Powerball jackpot tickets today?
What would you do with the winnings from an $800 million dollar Powerball jackpot?