Today’s $325 million Powerball jackpot is giving millions across the U.S. a reason to dream of drawing the right numbers and raking in the big bucks. The jackpot is the fourth-largest in the game’s history and a single winner’s cash payout would be nearly $213 million before taxes.
But interestingly enough, convenience store clerk Pam Bentley said there hasn’t been a rush of sales in lottery tickets.
“There hasn’t been an unusual burst of sales,” she said, adding that the first of the month, after paychecks come in, is usually the time locals buy tickets, and even then, they’re usually scratch-offs.
Harris, however, had huge hopes for winning the Powerball game and said if she did she would help her daughter with buying Christmas gifts for her grandchildren, as well as paying off her family’s debts. Additionally, she would donate a generous sum to various charities.
“I believe in donating to charity,” Harris said. “I would donate to United Way, I would help the homeless in Rome, give to the Salvation Army, and number one, I’d donate to my church, New and Living Way.”
Powerball jackpots have increased more rapidly since the price doubled to $2 in January. Bentley said Wednesday’s total lottery sales at the store were $670, Thursday’s were $486 and on Friday as of 4:15 p.m. sales were at $339.50 — overall, a normal amount. She said when customers buy the tickets, they tell the clerks what they would do if they won.
“They say they’d help their families; they’d buy a house or a car,” she said. “And they say they’d always remember us too.”
Powerball organizers say this is the first run-up to a large jackpot that’s fallen over a major holiday. They’re unsure whether it will help or hinder sales.