Category: Society / November 28, 2012 3:36 PM EST
Dreams of vast riches from a record Powerball jackpot of at least half-a-billion dollars drove enthusiastic ticket buying across the United States ahead of the Wednesday night (November 28) draw.
Powerball has not had a winner for two months, and the pot has already grown by nearly $175 million due to brisk ticket sales after no one won the top prize in Saturday's drawing.
The chance of winning the jackpot are about one in 175 million, compared to about one in 280,000 for being struck by lightning.
Powerball is sold in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There have been nearly 300 jackpot winners over the past 20 years, taking home payouts of over $11.6 billion.
In New York, Powerball players were excited to describe how they would spend their winnings:
"I'd go back home and rest and retire, working no more. I'd try to help people, I need to help in my country"
"Maybe I change my face and my whole body and I make myself more younger."
Despite the long odds, the record payout has drawn interest from around the world. Lottery officials have received calls and emails from people outside the United States asking if they can buy a ticket from afar. They cannot.
But if you’re in the US, as the saying goes you have to be in it to win it