The astronomical sum of 1.6 billion dollars was to be won in the Powerball lottery on Saturday in the United States. No winner has yet emerged. The sum makes you dream.
The chips are down: the Powerball lottery numbers were drawn on Saturday in the United States, with an astronomical windfall of $1.6 billion, a world record. No winner has yet emerged. The person who has the right numbers has several days to come and pocket the winnings anyway. And if they are several to have chosen the winning combination, they will have to share them.
A ticket costs $2. The odds of hitting the jackpot are only one in 292.2 million. For comparison, the probability of being struck by lightning is one in a million, according to US health officials. The lucky winner(s) will have to choose between receiving the full amount via payments spread over three decades, or being paid all at once, up to 782.4 million, according to an estimate by Powerball.
The possibility of winning this windfall was turning a few heads in Washington on Saturday. “Dream homes, trips, helping family and friends,” dreams Dontel Ducksworth, 28, in a store in the US capital where you can buy Powerball tickets. “But you have to take care of yourself first.” “I repeat + Good luck! +”, confides tobacconist Bezu Wondi, faced with the steady flow of customers who came to try their luck before the draw at 10:59 p.m.