Dreamers All Worked Up Over $90 Million Powerball Lottery
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Somewhere out there are two tickets good for a share of a $90 million lottery jackpot that had people in at least 14 states rushing to get in on the action.
The two tickets with all six numbers picked in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing were bought in the District of Columbia, lottery officials said today after a computer search of the estimated 50 million tickets sold.
Now it’s up to the ticket holders to step forward and claim their prize.
The odds of one ticket matching the winning numbers were 1 in 55 million, but that didn’t stop some people from dreaming.
″I’m going to rent a cruise ship,″ Dee Rumbaugh of Charleston, W.Va., fantasized Wednesday. ″I know people all over the country. I’d get them all together and go on a cruise. Wouldn’t that be great?″
In Portland, Ore., accountant Steve Grammel calculated his purely theoretical winnings after splitting the jackpot with 75 co-workers. ″I’d get about $40,000 a year for 20 years,″ he said. ″I’d still quit.″
The Powerball game, played twice a week in 14 states and the District of Columbia, had gone eight weeks without a winner before Wednesday night’s drawing. Players pay $1 to choose six numbers.
In Wisconsin, tickets sold at the rate of about 3,000 per minute Wednesday. In Kentucky, it was 2,000 tickets per minute, and in Minnesota, 100 to 150 tickets per second.
A $111 million Powerball jackpot won by a Wisconsin teacher in July was the largest payoff on a one-owner ticket in U.S. lottery history.
The winning numbers were: 1, 3, 13, 15 and 29. The powerball was 12.