UPDATE @ 11:05 p.m. Aug. 23:
Here are the winning numbers for tonight’s $700 million Powerball drawing, which is the second-largest payout for the multi-state lottery: 6, 7, 16, 23, 26 and Powerball 4; powerplay multiplier is 4.
UPDATE @ 8:30 a.m. Aug. 23: Lottery players were buying tickets this morning for tonight’s $700 million Powerball drawing.
It marks the second-largest jackpot in the history of the game, and a single winning ticket would pay $443 million if the ticket holder chose the up-front cash payout.
EARLIER: Powerball ticket sales picked up Saturday as the drawing neared for a $535 million jackpot — the fifth largest ever.
“We’re getting all sorts of new people in,” said Michael Sliger, manager of Bee Gee’s Mini Market in Kettering. “Everybody’s wanting to take a chance at the big money.”
Teresa Williams, 66, of Kettering bought $10 worth of tickets at Bee Gee’s but said her odds of winning are probably “zero, if you look at the statistics.”
The multi-state lottery actually places the chance of winning the grand prize closer to one in 292.2 million. The drawing is tonight at 10:59 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla.
The actual after-tax estimated value of tonight’s drawing is estimated at $338.8 million.
David Sprowl, Jr., 52, won $12 in the most recent drawing worth $432 million and was trying his luck again Saturday at the Smithville Market in Dayton.
“I like to play when it’s high like this,” said the roofer from Dayton.
Sprowl said he’s uncertain he’d quit his job if he wins the huge jackpot but said he would take care of family and friends.
“I don’t know if I would continue working,” he said. “I probably would have to do something. I’d probably buy a working farm.”
Three winners split the biggest Powerball jackpot ever, $1.59 billion, in January 2016.
After giving money to family and charities, Williams said if she won she’d gamble some more.
“I would like to go on a road trip and hit all the casinos,” she said. “Basically I’d just spend it. Because you can’t take it with you.”