Powerball jackpot jumps to $570 million as lottery fever hits America

To all those hopefuls who bought a Mega Millions ticket, better luck next time. Now, people will wishfully try again to win the big prize. However, one lucky person it seems…had all the luck with them.

A single winner was announced for the Mega Millions lottery jackpot which reached an estimated $450 million dollars. Their identity isn’t known yet, only that the ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven store in Port Richey, Florida. Lottery officials, stated that the retail 7-Eleven location, will also get a healthy check at $100,000 dollars. Not bad at all. This is standard practice for each location, that sells the winning jackpot prize ticket.

Whoever won the prize, may opt in for a lump-sum payout of $281 million dollars, if they choose to do so. On average, Americans spend roughly $200 dollars a year on lottery tickets trying to up their fortune.

Image: Mega Millions Lottery jackpot prize from Reuters

Image: Mega Millions Lottery jackpot prize from Reuters

It seems that U.S lottery players have another chance at becoming a multimillionaire on Saturday night. The Powerball jackpot is now estimated to be $570 million. This now makes this the 5th largest prize in the games history. It may even reach near or over $600 million before the winning numbers are announced. Together, both jackpots have toppled $1 billion after lingering without on without a winner until now.

The prize winner under Florida law, may not remain anonymous. However, their home address and telephone number will be kept confidential. Florida Lottery, has their specific rules and regulations about such winnings according to the Florida Lottery website.

Those still hoping to win the next big prize will have to buy their ticket before 10:59 p.m. EST for the Powerball drawing. If a sole winner claims the prize, they can opt in for a lump-sum payment of $358.5 million dollars if not a bit more.

Lottery fever has struck America, as their are lines in some locations trying to buy tickets. Good luck to those who out there wanting to win! The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot was 1 in 302.5 million. Powerball has odds of 1 in 292.2 million.

(Source: Aol and CBS News)

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