Local Residents Hope to Hit World-Record $1.5 Billion Powerball Jackpot

power-ballMIDDLETOWN, Pa. (EYT) – The Powerball jackpot for the January 13 drawing has risen to a world record $1.5 billion annuity value or a $930 million cash prize – thanks to continued ticket sales.

“We encourage players to please play responsibly and remember that you only need one ticket in order to win,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “If you are planning to play, remember that tickets will be sold in Pennsylvania until 9:59 p.m. on Wednesday evening.”

Before rolling to a $1.3 billion jackpot on Saturday night, Powerball produced hundreds of thousands of winners across Pennsylvania – including a $1 million winner, seven winners of $150,000, numerous $50,000 winners and many more. The jackpot was boosted on Monday to $1.4 billion annuity value or an $868 million cash prize.

In total, more than 914,600 Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball tickets won prizes of various amounts in the January 9 drawing, including 157,205 tickets purchased with the Power Play option that multiplied their prizes by three. See the full January 9 payout listing at palottery.com.

Players are reminded to check every ticket, every time. In Pennsylvania, winners have one year from the drawing date to claim their prizes. Winners cannot be identified until prizes are claimed and tickets are validated.

This jackpot has been rolling since the November 4, 2015, drawing. Since then, in Pennsylvania alone, Powerball has produced a total of more than 2.1 million winners of over $22 million in prizes, including one $2 million winner and three $1 million winners.

Svitko noted that the jackpot run has been good for Powerball players and also the older Pennsylvanians who benefit from Lottery proceeds. Last year, the Pennsylvania Lottery generated over $1 billion to support benefit programs for older adults.

If Wednesday’s jackpot is won by a Pennsylvania player, it would become the state’s 20th multi-state jackpot win. The Pennsylvania Lottery has sold 17 jackpot-winning Powerball tickets and two jackpot-winning Mega Millions tickets.

The largest Powerball prize Pennsylvania has ever awarded was a $110.2 million cash-value jackpot claimed by a New Jersey couple in May, 2004. The state’s largest Powerball group win was a $107.5 million cash jackpot shared by 48 transit workers in the Philadelphia area in April, 2012.

exploreClarion.com asked its viewers what they would do with the money, if they hit the jackpot. Here are some of the responses:

Jolene Nicole – “Open a large apartment complex locally for veterans & cater to these men & women whom have served this country of ours! Hopefully that would get more ppl to recognize these courageous, brave individuals :)”

Judy Niper of Brookville – “I would donate to kids centers and aspca by a house help my family by a car children’s hospital saint Jude children’s hospital shrines hospital in Erie for children aspca for a banded animals and do some thing for the vets in the area and help out alot of need families.”

William Allen of Greenville – “Buy your blog.”

Steven Dolan – “Buy Apache helicopter and go hog huntin'”

Thomas Morrow of Rockland – “Start buying shells and cheese instead of just macaroni and cheese.”

Nancy S. Skeddle – “Open a ranch on 100 acres where our oldest senior citizens (and their pets) abandoned by their families can live in safety, warm, and no longer abused by society ….. tired of seeing many older senior citizens being ridiculed on a constant basis and callously thrown away like pieces of garbage …SMH … THAT’s what I would do ….”

Holly Daum – “Give most to charities, including animal rescues and local humane organizations, charities, services to allow senior citizens to remain in their own homes as long as possible.”

Christine Moore – “Purchase a new home or update this one, set aside university tuition for the kids and put the rest in the bank. Boring, I know, but practical.”

Linda Sabousky of Venus – “Pay off my bills and build a new house in Henrys Bend and help my children/ grandchildren.”

Kimberly Dolan – “Provide housing for our homeless veterans, donate to the wounded warrior programs, and feed the poor, help with underprivelaged, help with education, provide help with the soup kitchens, donate to cancer research.”

Don Fetzer – “Donate alot of it to people that really need the help. Shriner’s Hospital, Childrens Hospital etc.”

Christy Aaron of Strattanville – “Buy house and car. Stuff for kids. And donate a bunch of money to the Cancer Center.”

Toni Renee – “I would help a lot of people!!! I wouldn’t forget what it’s like to struggle.”

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