CALIFORNIA – If you bought a lottery ticket for Saturday’s Powerball drawing hoping to be the winner of the biggest jackpot in U.S. lottery history, $949.8 million prize, don’t lose hope, lottery officials said no ticket matched all six Powerball numbers.
The odds to win were one in 292.2 million. The winning numbers for the Powerball drawing were: 57, 19, 32, 34, 16 and the Powerball number, 13. To win the jackpot, all six numbers must be correct. The first five can be in any order however; the sixth must match the Powerball number.
The jackpot is expected to reach a record breaking $1.3 BILLION dollars ($806 million cash value) by Wednesday’s drawing, lottery officials said early Sunday.
“I wasn’t the winner,” said Eusebio Corro, retired Calexico resident. “I usually buy between one to two dollars weekly however this week I bought $10. If you don’t play, you have no chance of winning and I am testing my luck.”
Saturday night’s drawing did however result in 25 players winning a $1 million prize and three others won a $2 million prize.
“I would probably go crazy if I won all of that money” said Gaby Ruelas, El Centro resident. “What can one do with so much money, I can’t even imagine. What I do know is that if I won, the first thing I would do is leave my job, take various trips around the world and dedicate myself to my grandchildren.”
Convenience stores around the Valley experienced record breaking lines of people waiting to purchase the “lucky one.”
“It was crazy yesterday,” said Jessica Olivera, 7-Eleven Store Manager. I had to call in additional people to work and dedicate one solely to lottery ticket purchases. The line was huge. We sold close to four thousand tickets in thirteen hours.”
Hoping to purchase more than a few dollars, Joe Buchanan along with 14 other co-workers pitched in $10 each and purchased $150 worth of tickets.
“We won $27 dollars and plan to re-invest again for Wednesday’s drawing” said Buchanan, City of Calexico employee. “If we win, I plan to take my part and distribute a big portion to worthy causes. It’s too much money for one person.”
The Powerball jackpot began with $40 million on November 4, 2015 and has grown weekly with no winner.
Powerball is played in 44 states as well as the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The question stands “What would YOU do if you were the winner of $1.3 Billion?”