The odds are terrible, but the potential payoff is astronomical.
A $2 Powerball ticket buys a chance at a Saturday evening jackpot worth $600 million.
It’s the biggest Powerball jackpot ever—although the Mega Millions game set the record for the largest lottery jackpot in March of 2012 ($656 million).
Melvin Townsend of South Bend had his Powerball ticket in his wallet, as he worked his landscaping job today.
Townsend was planting flowers near St. Mary’s College, although the man who puts down roots for a living would be off smelling the roses should he win it all.
“I would be probably taking trips all over the world,” said Townsend. “Seeing everything, everywhere, taking boat rides or, you know, buy me a big old RV and see the country.”
Shirley Durken is a Chicago resident who did a fair amount of traveling today as she and her husband went on a Powerball ticket shopping spree.
“We’re from Illinois and there's never a winner in Illinois, so we had to get out of Illinois and we decided to get up this morning, we've been to Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, now we're going back to Chicago. My other daughter is going up to Wisconsin and we're just going to load up on some tickets and hope for the best.”
According to the Hoosier Lottery, Indiana retailers have sold more jackpot winning Powerball tickets than any other state or territory that participates in the game (38 winning tickets sold since Powerball began in 1992).
“Three times, you know, is the charm,” said Arnie Horowitz as he filled out his Powerball play card at Rick’s 66 in Clay Township.
While Horowitz has never won Powerball, he has won two previous lottery jackpots. The largest totaled $130,000.
Between the office pool he is participating in and tickets he purchased on his own, Horowitz figures he’ll have about 150 chances at Saturday’s Powerball jackpot. “It’s worth a shot, somebody has to win.”