When there was no winner of Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot, it rolled over to $360 million. It has now climbed to $380 million, the sixth largest in the history of the game, and the biggest in almost a year.
At $2 a ticket, customers have been snapping them up for tonight’s drawing. According to Marietta BP clerk Sherly Campos, “when they come, everybody comes at once for lottery tickets.”
“When it’s this big”, says Albert Mokaya, “pretty much everyone wants to play.” He says they have two lines, one dedicated to the lottery.
Georgia and 43 other states have Powerball, as do Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. According to the Georgia Lottery website, the drawing will be held at 11:00 est tonight.
I talked to the clerks at a Marietta BP station about the size of the jackpot and how much increased activity it’s causing.