The Powerball jackpot is now up to a mind-boggling half billion dollars.
Yes, $500 million. Lottery officials say there is a 60 percent (or better) chance that someone will win in Wednesday night’s drawing for the largest Powerball jackpot ever.
Tickets are themselves a hot-ticket item. Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty said the state could see $6 million in Powerball ticket sales before the Wednesday evening drawing, with sales peaking between 5 - 7 p.m. as people come home from work.
“Powerball and Mega Million are jackpot-driven games,” Hagerty said. “When people see that jackpot increase, it drives up sales.”
But, as the old lottery slogan goes, you can’t win if you don’t play.
Most grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores are Virginia Lottery retailers.
In Leesburg, that includes:
- 7-Eleven—Dry Mill
- 7-Eleven—King Street (502)
- Exxon Corp
- Leesburg Citgo
Or, you could drive up to Falls Church. In the past 20 months, three Falls Church residents have won $1 million prizes.
Last year, a McLean Man won $107M in the Virginia Lottery after buying a ticket in Herndon.
What would you do if you won? Would you quit your job? Travel? Go shopping? Tell us in the comments!