$ 1.6 billion on the eve of Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, the players were going the extra mile in pursuit of imperial payment.
William Burke retired then, on the border of California and Nevada drove home 45 minutes for $ 20 for 10 tickets in a lottery vendor spent three hours on the line.
"I thought maybe I would be a part of history," Burke told The Associated Press.
11 pm ET Wednesday, the numbers drawn were: 4, 8, 19, 27, 34, 10. The multiplier was 2X with a Powerball.
Scheduled for Saturday - - likely an unprecedented $ 2 billion, will feature a jackpot towering six winning numbers lottery officials, the drawing that matches Wednesday said earlier.
For those dreaming of the luxe life, ensuring a growing frenzy - Powerball minimum $ 40 million when it was reset Nov 7, then, there have been no winners.
292.2 million - the - win the temptation of the big advantages is impossible odds. During 29 years the winner of an annuity payment option or a lump sum of about $ 930 million will have the option to choose the cash prize.
Uncle Sam is also the 40% cut, the last home still will be a staggering $ 560 million.
Powerball 44 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is played.
Six other states where it is not available to those living in border towns Powerball lottery sellers in the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the increased ticket sales are reported.
Even Canadians are joining in on the hoopla billion - we cross the border to buy tickets in large numbers and where tickets are being given out, a Toronto bakery crust.
"There are a lot of them, a lot of them in the lineup," said Jim Murphy, Niagara Falls, New York pitcher discount liquor store employee, told Reuters on Wednesday.
American tourists and to play the lottery is legal for non-US residents.
Live in the United States is not a Canadian winner, however, 30 percent withholding tax, plus the state will be subject to tax. They will not face additional Canadian tax.
Nevada Gaming Lottery while preventing competition concerns, religious beliefs, Alabama, Mississippi and Utah have hurdles.
Alaska is a sparsely populated state in a lottery that will not pay off, there is more concern. In Hawaii, lawmakers have proposed measures lottery, but the idea has always fails.
"Those dollars are flowing out of his kingdom sure," Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.
In Alabama, people in the border states of sales, for the year are talking about establishing a lottery. By the voters faced with tight state budgets and demands, Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday that the legislative session begins in February competitors Lottery introduced bills to.
Mississippi state representative. Alyce design Clarke, Jackson, a Democrat, has repeatedly sponsored a lottery bill, but they were always the religious opposition. These colleges subsidy or money to fix roads and bridges to enable the state to collect, he explained, because the Powerball could change this year.
Alabama, which borders Georgia, lottery vendors, new customers are eager to see.
Augusta, Georgia, couple Bill and Sandra Evans is confident that all tickets are conducting the NBC affiliate WAGT.
"This is the first time that a ticket purchase, and this is the first time, he somehow thinks he's gonna win. And I'd be surprised if they do not get anything," a hopeful Bill Evans said.
Lottery winners who have won before even such a monster fortunes are willing to press their luck.
Florida Real Estate agent Laurie Finkelstein reader as part of an office pool with her co-workers three years ago to win $ 1 million, he said today. But I hope that in Mali have decided to band together.
"Lets his deeds as believe in lightning strikes several times," Finkelstein said reader.