MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Strong ticket sales have resulted in yet another boost to Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot, which now has an annuity value of $500 million, $337.8 million cash.
If won tonight, this jackpot would rank as the Powerball game’s third-largest annuity prize on record and the nation’s fifth-highest multi-state game jackpot.
Gino’s Drive-thru in Youngstown has been busy all day selling tickets. Colla’s Market in Austintown is feeling the rush, too.
The chances of winning the Powerball jackpot are slim. The odds are one in 175 million. Many players said they are not discouraged by the odds, but they don’t take any chances about where they purchase the ticket.
“In July, I won $5,500 on a scratch-off ticket, and I am in the drawing for $1 million on the top prize drawing ticket,” said Austintown resident Vince Chianese.
John Colla, owner of Colla’s Markets, said his business is pretty lucky when it comes to selling winning tickets. They’ve seen a 60 percent increase in Powerball sales compared to past years.
“Maybe you have 70 percent of people who don’t play, so when they start playing it becomes total mayhem,” Colla said.
Many Lotto players say if they won they would give money to their families, go on vacation and buy an island. Youngstown resident Santiago Timberlake said do a lot of those things too, but also help the community.
“Sisterhood with the kids, young kids that in the low income schools that don’t have the opportunities or don’t have the funds for hygiene to actually get all the help they need,” Santiago said.
Powerball’s record jackpot is a $590.5 million prize won in Florida in May 2013.
In Pennsylvania, tickets are sold until 9:59 p.m. on drawing nights. The drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. Players are advised to purchase their tickets early to avoid any last-minute rush and to always play responsibly.