So many people are buying Powerball tickets that the jackpot has reached $550 million. $550 MILLION! That’s more than half a billion dollars. That’s real money.
USA Today reminds us that the jackpot was $325 million on Saturday, so the increase has been fast and furious. The newspaper says people are “snapping up $2 tickets at a rate of more than 100,000 a minute.” The drawing will take place at 10:59 ET tonight and tickets will be sold until an hour before the drawing. Which means the pot will likely go even higher. As of now, the winner gets $360 million after taxes.
Of course, some folks are telling us to forget it. The odds of winning are 1 in 175,223,510, says NBC News. You’re more likely to get killed crossing the street, die on a plane, or become a movie star they say. You know what? Hush. Just hush. Can I buy my ticket in peace? The joy of thinking about all the cool things I’d do with the money is worth the $2. (Don’t buy $100 worth of tickets. That really is crazy.)
Also, you could be that one.