It’s a mind-blowing amount of money — $210 million — a jackpot that would pay out $13,000 a day and 16 cents every second.
On Wednesday, many Valley residents started their New Year’s Eve by standing in line for Powerball tickets.
"The all-American dream is to win the lottery," said Dani Johnson,owner of the Iowa Cafe, a restaurant in East Mesa that sells Powerball tickets.
Inside the small cafe, the Powerball machine hummed steadily as customers paid their bills, then bought a few lottery tickets on their way out.
"It’s contagious," said Johnson. "$210 million. Customers come in here and say, ‘What’s one ticket? What’s one dollar?’ "
Johnson even had the perfect person running the Powerball machine.
Pam Ohsman had a bit of a lucky break at Fort McDowell Casino on Tuesday night. She won $15,000 on a progressive slot machine.
"I’m in the right place," said Lu Gaeta, who bought 20 Powerball tickets on her lunch break. "This is a lucky place."
Ohsman couldn’t contain her happiness as she rang up tickets and rubbed them on her right shoulder to pass on the good luck. But even Ohsman’s eyes started to flutter when she thought of ways to spend the Powerball’s fifth-largest jackpot.
"I couldn’t even imagine winning that much money," Ohsman said. "I mean, I can’t even think of what to do with the money that I won last night, let alone the $210 million. I couldn’t imagine it. I could not imagine what to do with that."
Wednesday’s winning numbers were: 5, 7, 18, 28, 35, Powerball, 1.