Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Powerball Fever Hits Baldwin City

The Powerball is at a record high jackpot.  As Americans across the country plop down $2 per ticket for their shot at the estimated $1.5 billion jackpot to be the first since November 7th, to win the jackpot.  Baldwin City residents are no different. The drawing is attracting players who never or rarely play as well as those who play regularly.
It was May 18, 2013 the last time the Powerball record high jackpot was won. That jackpot was roughly half of the current jackpot, $590.5 million. The cash payout of that was $370.9 million.  The cash payout this time around, should someone win tonight, will be an estimated $930 million. After taxes, which will automatically be taken out, Kansas residents would see an estimated $651 million, provided there are no other winners.
"Ron" of Baldwin City purchases his Powerball tickets
from Frank at the Santa Fe Market in Baldwin City
on Wednesday January 13, 2016.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
According to Frank at the Santa Fe Market sales have been brisk. While we were there, we talked with one customer "Ron" who was buying his lottery tickets who said he was going to buy an island in the South Pacific if he won.
Tonight lottery officials will draw five white balls out of a drum with 69 balls, and one red ball out of a drum with 26 red balls to determine the numbers. The jackpot is won by matching all five white balls, in any order, and the red Powerball. But if you miss that coveted Powerball, you can still win a mere million dollars.

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