The $1.6 billion Powerball Jackpot is causing a ticket-buying frenzy
Players can purchase a $2 Powerball ticket in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The five states that do not participate are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.
In Franklin County and Oneida County, Idaho, which attract Powerball players from neighboring Utahticket sales were up 597 percent this week from a “traditional week a month ago,” when the jackpot was about $354 million, Idaho Lottery spokesman David Workman said in an email.
In Brooklyn on Friday afternoon, Powerball tickets were being sold in large numbers at bodegas and liquor stores throughout Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Y. Patel, owner of GB Convenience Store & Deli, said that before the Mega Millions drawing a few months ago, people were spending $40 to $50 on tickets. This week, however, Powerball sales were about the same as usual, he said, noting that he had sold just two tickets as of Friday afternoon.
“Nobody thinks they’re going to win,” Patel said.
That includes Mr Patel, 40, and the weekly itself. He bought 14 tickets before Wednesday’s final drawing, but didn’t win any of the smaller cash prizes that come with matching two or three numbers. Frustrated, he said he only bought two tickets for Saturday’s drawing.
At Lene’s Unlimited Wines & Liquors, Daquan Smith, 28, was more optimistic. He used to play scratch tickets, but bought his first Powerball ticket for Saturday’s drawing after hearing that someone in Brooklyn recently won several million dollars in the lottery. A The million dollar ticket was sold at a Brooklyn store last month, and in June someone in Brooklyn won a Mega Millions jackpot of $128 million.
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