Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer says there’s added attention to this $485-million jackpot for another reason.
She says it’s been almost one year since the jackpot was this high as there seemed to be a winner every few weeks. The jackpot rolls over when there’s no ticket matching all six numbers. It’s gone unclaimed since the drawing on November 29th.
A ticket costs $2 and the odds of winning “the big one” are one-in-175-million. That grand prize is worth an estimated $485-million under the annuity option and $304-million with the cash option.
“That is the third-largest jackpot in the history of the Powerball game and it is the fifth largest jackpot ever in North America,” Neubauer says. With the increased attention and sales, there’s a good possibility the jackpot could be raised before the drawing.
She says you won’t increase your odds of winning by spending larger sums of money buying more and more tickets.
“The message that we emphasize all the time is to remember that this is just for fun. Play responsibly, have fun with it, but don’t get in over your head,” Neubauer says.
It’s common for people to put together office pools to buy tickets and Neubauer says you should take a few steps to protect everyone if that’s what you do.
“Keep the rules for your pool in writing. Keep a very detailed list of who has put in money and who hasn’t, that way there won’t be any disagreement later about who was in or who was out,” Neubauer says. “Also, another great idea is to make copies of the tickets and provide copies to everyone in the group before the drawing occurs, that way there’s no question about which tickets were for the group.”
The drawing is at 9:59 p.m. Learn more at: www.nelottery.com