USA Powerball fever is gripping the nation once again. With an estimated jackpot of $600 Million, the lottery-buying-frenzy that is characteristic of big lottery jackpots is driving people to line up in all lottery outlets to get their chance of hitting it big.
The buying frenzy is that wild leading the multi-state USA Mega to continuously increase the jackpot estimate. When the May 15, 2013 Powerball draw produced new winner, jackpot estimate was increased the next morning to $475 Million. Twelve hours later, the jackpot estimate was increased to $550 Million. And one more day later, the jackpot estimate was raised again to $600 Million. It is Saturday morning right now and there is still a full day of ticket buying opportunity for players who are dreaming to strike it big. The jackpot estimate could considerably increase before the actual draw time. To how much? Your guess is as good as mine!
As it is, the $600 Million jackpot estimate stands as the second biggest lottery jackpot in the U.S., next to the $656 Million jackpot paid by Mega Millions on March 30, 2012. Powerball's cash value for today's draw stands at $376.9 Million, the third largest amount in history although the annuity estimate which is $600 Million is the second-largest on the lottery record.
Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. People in states that do not participate in the Powerball lottery are crossing state lines in order to buy their tickets. It is reported that lottery outlets near state lines of non-participating states are experiencing very long lines of people who want to buy their lottery tickets. People outside the United States are buying their Powerball tickets through online lottery outlets.
If you have a dream of becoming rich and you have $2, Powerball could make it happen tonight.