December 9, 2022

$1.6 billion Powerball jackpot ends ticket buying frenzy

Players can purchase a $2 Powerball ticket in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The five states that do not participate are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

In Franklin County and Oneida County, Idaho, It attracts Powerball players from neighboring UtahTicket sales jumped 597 percent this week, compared to “a traditional week a month ago,” when the jackpot was about $354 million, Idaho Lottery spokesman David Workman said in an email.

On Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, bodegas and liquor stores across Bedford-Stuyvesant sold out of Powerball tickets.

Owner of GB Convenience Store & Deli Y. Patel said two months before the Mega Millions drawing, people were spending $40 to $50 on tickets. This week, however, Powerball sales have been about the same as usual, he said, with only two tickets sold as of Friday afternoon.

“No one thought they would win,” said Mr. Patel said.

That includes Mr. Patel, 40, a weekly player. He bought 14 tickets ahead of Wednesday’s final drawing, but didn’t get a single one of the small cash prizes that matched two or three numbers. Frustrated, he said he only bought two tickets for Saturday’s drawing.

At Lene’s Unlimited Wines & Liquors, Daquan Smith, 28, was more optimistic. He had played scratch-off tickets before, but he bought his first Powerball ticket for Saturday’s drawing after hearing that someone in Brooklyn recently won a few million dollars in the lottery. A A $1 million dollar ticket Sold at Brooklyn Deli last month, and in June, someone in Brooklyn won $128 Million Mega Millions Jackpot.