The top Powerball prize is now estimated at $1.3 billion. And because I’m a sucker (like everyone else), I went out and bought a ticket — because there’s some small part of me that thinks, maybe it will be me, why not?
This morning, I’ve been thinking about the as-yet unnamed resident of Maryland’s Eastern Shore who is probably feeling some very strong mixed feelings about the Powerball this week. That’s because s/he nailed five correct numbers (16-19-32-34-57) during Saturday’s drawing. By doing so, that person instantly won $1 million. That’s good news.
But on the other hand, the lucky winner didn’t pick the right Powerball number (lucky 13!), and so missed out on the largest lottery prize in U.S. history by just one measly number.
The winning/losing ticket was sold at the Food Lion in Berlin. If it was you, you have six months to collect your winnings. Everyone else: remember that you have a greater chance of being struck by lighting while drowning than winning the top prize. And even if you won, it probably wouldn’t make you any happier. But I’m still going to buy a couple tickets just to find out for myself.