Monday, October 17, 2005
The "Powerball" lottery has risen to a record $340 million dollar jackpot. As a result, thanks to lottery rules, there is even a bigger jackpot than usual for those who fall just short as well. To win the ultimate $340 mill pot, you would need to pick five balls correctly, and then in addition you would need to exactly match the "powerball" number. However, thanks to the huge amount in the pot and lotto rules, there is now $18 million in the pot for those who just match the five numbers, even without then matching the "powerball"! Even more chances to become wealthy! The lottery officials estimate that, whether anyone finally wins the overall pot or not, there will be approximately 30 of those "Match-5" winners. The "Powerball" is played in 27 U.S. states, as well as Washington DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The previous record was $314 million, taken by a single winner back in 2002.....on Christmas Day! Here's to a happy holiday. Now, I gotta run. Gotta scrape together some bucks for some tickets!