So, you didn't win the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday? Well, the good news is that you're not alone! At $475 million, this jackpot is the third highest in Powerball history, although it is the highest jackpot since the game was redesigned a few years ago.
Powerball fever is gripping the nation as people who have never bought a lottery ticket before are trying their luck at this game. The two highest lottery winners were $656 million in the Mega Millions game and $587.5 million from a previous Powerball jackpot. Both of these were in 2012, just a few months ago.
Before the drawing on Wednesday, May 15th, the jackpot was $360 million, still an amazing amount. However, with no winners that evening, it sourced to $475 million. The next drawing will be Saturday, May 18, 2013, and sales are expected to soar in the next few days.
In the last big lottery payout, with the Mega Millions game, people lined up for miles at some locations just to buy a single ticket. It's expected that this will happen again as people are determined to have a shot at winning the jackpot. Even if you don't win though, you have the chance to say that you at least played in the game.
If you're late to the Powerball game, the good news is that you don't have to worry about being left behind. Choosing your numbers is an equal opportunity chance at winning. Many people choose their numbers based on birthdays, special dates in their lives, or just a string of numbers that seems right. It is a game ruled by chance though, so you don't have to agonize over your choices.
Still not convinced? Well, think about what you could do with that much money. Sure, playing the Powerball isn't a sure thing, but it's a lot of fun and an inexpensive way to try your chances at winning the jackpot!