Historic $425 Million Powerball Jackpot Will Give Us All Lottery Fever (VIDEO)

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powerballIf your spouse, your friends, family members, co-workers, or even you have ever come down with a serious case of lottery fever, you ain't seen NOTHIN' yet! Last night's gigantic Powerball drawing mega-jackpot was estimated at $325 million before the numbers were picked. That was the fourth biggest jackpot in the game's history. Now, because for the 15th consecutive time, no winners matched the numbers (which, just FYI, were 22, 32, 37, 44, 50 and Powerball 34), the pot rises to at least $425 million -- the largest Powerball jackpot ever for the multi-state game. YOW!

I say "at least" because now that everyone is going to be itching for a shot at this all-time enormous jackpot, lottery sales are sure to pick up in a major way, and that could make the grand total for Wednesday night's drawing even more eye-popping ... 'Course that also means chances of winning the entire pot even smaller. But will that stop hordes of us from standing in line for tickets?

Uh, no way! Especially considering that with a jackpot that enormous, we figure we could always get a few matching numbers and win even a piece of the record-breaking pie ...

In fact, that's exactly how it went down for some lottery players last night. One ticket purchased in New York state is valued at $2 million, because the player matched all 5 regular numbers and played the Powerplay option, according to the Powerball website. And several tickets purchased in Arizona; Florida; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Texas; Virginia, and Wisconsin are worth $1 million each, because they matched all five regular numbers. Not too shabby!

It seems safe to say that between now and Wednesday, lottery players are going to be scrambling to stock up on tickets and go into pools, like the ConAgra Food Workers in Nebraska who won the previous top Powerball prize -- $365 million -- in 2006. Even people who don't usually play are sure to start fantasizing about becoming an insta-millionaire. No doubt about it -- this jackpot's gonna go down in history. Better run out and get your tickets before the lines start weaving their way around city blocks!

Here's last night's drawing, if you missed it ...

Do you play the lottery? Will you be playing this one?


 

Image via Powerball39/YouTube

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curio... curious1145

I just want to correct you on something. Because more people play,it does not make the chances of winning smaller. All it does is increase the probability that more people will win making you have to share the prize. Whether 10 people play or millions,the odds are the same of any particular person picking the outrageously hard combination of numbers needed to win.

Michal Wylezek

You can play over the internet, see a page LotteryTicketOnline.info

jalaz77 jalaz77

No and no.

Austin Keenan

When it gets this big it's impossible not to hear about it so I buy a ticket just so I don't feel like I'm the only one with zero possibility of winning.      

Rumsita Rumsita

curious, I thought the same as you at first, but the author says "entire pot", indicating that the chances of having to share it go up, which is exactly what you said, just in another way after telling the author she was wrong.

BeckyP. BeckyP.

My husband and I have never played so we bought 3 tickets because the pot was so big. We won $14 so we took that and bought 3 more for the next drawing and bought two scratch tickets. We won $50 on the scratch tickets so maybe we'll get really lucky next time!

curio... curious1145

Rumsita, okay, if that's what Maressa meant, then I apologize to her. I see what you mean,but I was interpreting it a different way. I thought she meant you have a smaller chance of winning the grand prize at all,period.

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