Let the ticket-buying frenzy begin.
The multistate Powerball lottery sets a new U.S. jackpot record tonight when six numbers are drawn for its $365 million prize.
The day of the drawing is typically when many lottery players rush to mini-marts and grocery stores to pick the numbers they hope will let them quit their jobs, buy a new house or travel to some exotic locale.
But Friday, more than 24 hours before the drawing in Des Moines, Iowa, the rush had already begun as talk of the record high jackpot spread through the Valley.
Outside the Chevron gas station at Broadway and McClintock roads in Tempe, Richard Clifford of Phoenix didn’t know what he would spend the money on if his single ticket won it all. “Probably just enjoy myself, quit my job, own my own job,” he said.
But Manuel Talavera of Chandler had it all planned out. He would buy houses for his mom and sister, a few cars for himself and maybe help out a couple neighbors in need.
But Talavera hadn’t bought his ticket yet. He laughed after talking at length about the possible spending spree. “I better go in and get it now, huh?” he said and walked into the gas station.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot tonight are slim, just 1 in 146.1 million. The previous U.S. jackpot record was $363 million for the Big Game, won by two ticket holders in Illinois and Michigan in 2000.