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Lottery hopefuls line up for chance to win $400M Powerball jackpot

PowerballPowerball: Lottery hopefuls line up for chance to win $400M Powerball jackpot

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NEW YORK — Tonight's Powerball drawing carries an estimated $400 million jackpot, one of the largest in U.S. lottery history.

It's rolled over 15 times since December and will be the fourth-biggest Powerball jackpot and sixth-highest lottery prize of all time.

At A&A Market in Hell's Kitchen, cashier Ali Muhammed is preparing for customers to line up.

"Everybody comes," said Muhammed. "They play extra. Some people play for $100, $200."

Changes in the ways big multistate lotteries like Powerball and Mega Millions are played have increased the frequency of staggering jackpots.

The nation's biggest lottery prize was a $656 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012 that was shared by three winning tickets sold in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.

Looking for the winning numbers?

Tonight's Powerball drawing will be conducted at 11:00 pm Eastern Time, and the winning numbers will be published immediately after the drawing at USA Mega and on Lottery Post's Lottery Results page.

A couple of hours later we'll find out if there was a big winner, or if Saturday's drawing will tempt the record books.

The second-largest came in December, a $636 million Mega Millions prize. The two winning tickets were purchased in San Jose, Calif., and Atlanta.

The biggest Powerball jackpot ever was a $590.5 million prize won by a Florida woman last May.

A group of employees from the Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Department had one of three winning tickets in August's $448.4 million Powerball jackpot.

Jackpots like Wednesday's $400 million Powerball can grant a lot of wishes. But what if you were the only winner, and you had but one chance to blow all that money on a single purchase?

A single winner taking the lump sum payout would end up with about $230 million. Opting for the quick cash grab, accounting for taxes, would still leave more than $100 million to invest wisely.

If you ignore the cautious advice of accountants and money managers and are ready to spend big, real estate listings, auction houses and even simple web searches are full of ideas to separate you and your newfound wealth.

Home By The Sea?

About $130 million would get you Copper Beech Farm in Greenwich, Ct. The 13,500-square-foot home once owned by the Lauder Greenway family has 12 bedrooms and seven full bathrooms on 50 acres overlooking Cos Cob Harbor.

Or, save a few bucks and head to Fiji, where $25 million is the listed price of Koro Island, a South Pacific getaway apparently endorsed by no less an authority than the 19th century seafaring explorer William Bligh, according to an online real estate listing.

Movin' On Up?

If you're a city slicker, your $100 million could still go a long way, even in the hyper-expensive real estate market of New York City.

But you'd better act fast if you want your money to stand out. A town house on the Upper East Side recently sold for $100 million to the state of Qatar, which plans to turn the home into a consulate in what would likely be the most expensive residential sale in New York's history.

Travel In Luxury

Care to travel by sea or air? An online luxury yacht broker lists the 213-foot Ambrosia III for $79.4 million, complete with a crew of 20.

And while it might not be for sale, perhaps an offer can be made to movie director Tyler Perry, who reportedly owns a Gulfstream III private jet valued at an estimated $125 million. The jet features TV and video screens galore, theater lighting and remote-controlled window shades.

Expensive Art

If you fancy fine art, a Wednesday win would instantly put you in play for rare works by impressionists Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Some of their paintings are expected to fetch from $10 million to $35 million apiece at auctions this spring. For $50 million, the total collection from the private trove of deceased New York copper heiress Huguette Clark could be yours.

The sale by Christie's auction house includes a Stradivari violin, Gilded Age furniture and rare books.

LISTEN to the radio report

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Jon D's avatar - calotterylogo
Los Angeles, California
United States
Member #103813
January 5, 2011
1530 Posts
Posted: February 19, 2014, 7:39 pm - IP Logged

The frenzy is ON! Banana

    New York, NY
    United States
    Member #120649
    December 24, 2011
    67 Posts
    Posted: February 19, 2014, 9:36 pm - IP Logged

    If u can maneuver ur way through all the puddles out in the street lol

      Jace2014's avatar - Lottery-012.jpg
      New Member

      United States
      Member #152613
      February 19, 2014
      7 Posts
      Posted: February 19, 2014, 9:52 pm - IP Logged

      how many people can sign the back of a lotto ticket?

        maringoman's avatar - images q=tbn:ANd9GcTbRxpKQmOfcCoUqF2FyqIOAwDo7rg9G-lfJLAALPGWJWwiz19eRw
        United States
        Member #37433
        April 14, 2006
        2747 Posts
        Posted: February 19, 2014, 10:06 pm - IP Logged

        how many people can sign the back of a lotto ticket?

        In my state only one person can. I don't know if they do that so that they don't have to deal with group claims. Good luck Jace2014 and welcome to LP

        That money's gone fo ever

          United States
          Member #124493
          March 14, 2012
          7023 Posts
          Posted: February 19, 2014, 10:10 pm - IP Logged

          Remember to get your ticket before the cutoff time!!!

          OOPS!!! Missed it already!!!Crazy

          (It's probably for the best since there is still a nice patch of ice out by the garage that I dont want to break my neck on.)

            Gleno's avatar - Lottery-001.jpg
            New Jersey
            United States
            Member #80354
            September 25, 2009
            705 Posts
            Posted: February 19, 2014, 10:19 pm - IP Logged

            No lines where Yours Truly purchased his powerball ticket, today. Think the rainy weather kept many indoors.



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              I rep CA
              Member #144812
              July 17, 2013
              76 Posts
              Posted: February 19, 2014, 10:32 pm - IP Logged

              Lottery fever. It will go real super crazy if no one wins tonight.

              I'd be a fool to surrender when I know I can be a contender...I C U when U get there - Coolio

                dpoly1's avatar - driver
                United States
                Member #66141
                October 16, 2008
                1679 Posts
                Posted: February 19, 2014, 10:51 pm - IP Logged

                Nice Money!


                dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -


                Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

                  Todd's avatar - Cylon 2.gif
                  Chief Bottle Washer
                  New Jersey
                  United States
                  Member #1
                  May 31, 2000
                  23352 Posts
                  Posted: February 19, 2014, 11:03 pm - IP Logged

                  The final jackpot tally for tonight's drawing is $425.3 million!


                  Check the State Lottery Report Card
                  What grade did your lottery earn?


                  Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
                  Help eliminate computerized drawings!

                    IPlayWeekly's avatar - avatarmoney
                    Columbus, Ohio
                    United States
                    Member #128906
                    June 5, 2012
                    599 Posts
                    Posted: February 19, 2014, 11:16 pm - IP Logged

                    I just checked, didn't get any numbers... I'll be in for whatever jackpot is Saturday


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                      November 29, 2012
                      332 Posts
                      Posted: February 19, 2014, 11:35 pm - IP Logged

                      I estimate about a 62% chance of rolling over

                        RankineerSue's avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
                        New Member
                        Pittsburgh, Pa
                        United States
                        Member #150961
                        January 4, 2014
                        4 Posts
                        Posted: February 19, 2014, 11:41 pm - IP Logged

                        I agree

                          Warren, MI
                          United States
                          Member #149999
                          December 14, 2013
                          42 Posts
                          Posted: February 19, 2014, 11:45 pm - IP Logged

                          how much you all think it will be if no one hits tonight?

                            LottoMetro's avatar - Lottery-024.jpg
                            United States
                            Member #146344
                            September 1, 2013
                            1131 Posts
                            Posted: February 19, 2014, 11:47 pm - IP Logged

                            how much you all think it will be if no one hits tonight?

                            There was a winner.

                            If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
                            If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

                            2017: 0% (0 tickets)
                            P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1