The US is gripped by Powerball fever after the jackpot reaches an estimated $425m for the draw on Wednesday, November 28 2012, currently the largest US Powerball jackpot in the history of the game and second only to the largest in US history earlier this year, $656m Mega Millions. Not surprisingly demand for tickets is high and it is likely to increase in the next day and hours before ticket sales close.
Jackpot expected to swell
It is highly likely that a flurry of tickets sales will cause the jackpot to swell. The current US record was reached when $363m rolled over and a flurry of ticket sales caused it to swell to $656m. It’s possible, in fact more than likely that if it’s not won at the next draw the next jackpot will break through £500m barrier, that’s half of one billion.
Ticket machine problems
The extra demand for tickets will have an impact on the ticket machines and some states are already reporting machine problems. Some machines in Georgia have been slow at processing tickets and are in need of repair. It has not been confirmed how wide spread the problem is and all states have reported no problems at the moment, however a ticket flurry is expected the chances of machines running slowly are increasingly likely – give yourself plenty of time and get down to your local retailer early.
Crossing state borders
You can’t buy Powerball tickets in Alabama, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, as a results residents have been crossing the borders into playing states to get their tickets. Reports having been coming in about residents of Utah crossing into Idaho and retailers have been, in some cases running four registers with up to 20 people deep queuing. It has been estimated that 90% of customers are from out of state. Some retailers have reported customers buying more than usual numbers of tickets, may be $60 to $80 and in one case $5,000 worth.
Syndicates – buy tickets with a group
Attempting to improve your chances of winning by teaming up and playing with others is a good idea. Playing with colleagues, friends and family can work so long as everyone is in agreement on the rules and it is managed correctly; try designating a syndicate manager to buy and keep the tickets; agree an amount to buy; photocopy the tickets and distribute to the group; and decide who should claim the prize if your group is lucky enough to win.
To keep up-to-date with Powerball and other lotto results or to buy tickets online then try following www.lottery.netby
Updated April 5th, 2016