|The winner of the Powerball Jackpot is still unidentified and is set to win $758.7million in prize money. Numbers were announced after 8 p.m. on Wednesday 23rd August 2017. They were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26 with the Powerball number being 4.|
Three tickets were sold in California that matched the white ball numbers. Two of those were sold in Bay Area alone – One at Chevron filling station in Milpitas and another in Daly City. The third was sold in Newport Beach. All of them will have to split the $1million between them.
On Wednesday as the hours ticked down to the drawing for the second largest jackpot ever, places like Kim’s 76 Station were flocked by people from the whole of Bay Area. Many of them to try their luck with the $2 lottery tickets at winning the Powerball Jackpot this time. The odds don’t favour them as it is 1 in 292million.
It’s the chance at winning the Powerball Jackpot with a single lottery ticket that fuels the craze.
“People get excited when it hits a certain amount”, said Melissa Villarin spokeswoman of California Lottery. She added, “Sure, for $50million you can retire in a nice house and live well. But $700 million, that’s Bill Gates money. That’s a daydream, that’s fame”.
And what about the sellers of the big winning ticket. Well, they do get their fair modest winning share. Thuy Nguyen won $1million for selling a $324million Powerball Jackpot ticket in 2013 around Christmas at his Jennifer’s Gift’s Shop on Tully Road in San Jose.
“I bought a house with the money”, said Nguyen. “But this one, this prize is way bigger”.
And what if there is no winner for the Wednesday night draw, then the pot may exceed the $1.6billion record by the time Saturday draw occurs.
When and if that happens? And Someone wins this pot then what should he do?
“You don’t go crazy – you do something good with that money”, said Jasmine Woodward who had bought ten tickets five for herself and five for her dad for the Wednesday draw.