Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County — The question all day Saturday at Anthracite Newsstand in downtown Wilkes-Barre wasn’t if lottery players wanted to play Powerball but how many tickets they wanted. With a jackpot well over $300 million, even people who don’t normally buy a Powerball ticket wanted a piece of the action. “Nobody hit it so I figured why not. What’s three dollars if I win millions,” said Nikki Barber of Pittston.
Unlike some, Ms. Barber didn’t splurge for a pile of Powerball tickets. “All it takes is one ticket so one ticket is all I needed. I’ll be set and my kids will be set. My mom will be set so I’ll be happy with that,” she laughed.
Erica Billing of Hanover Township felt lucky after previously enjoying some scratch off ticket success. She once won $1,000. “Now I’m going for the Powerball because I want that big chunk of money,” she said referencing the $355.8 million dollar jackpot at stake.
Allentown native Sidney Williams had already purchased a Powerball ticket days earlier for the massive new year jackpot but decided to buy a second with just hours before the big drawing. “It only takes one to win but I’ve got two so I’ve got double chance.” Mr. Williams said he plays Powerball every week. “I want to be a multi-millionaire just like everybody else.”
The motive for many to become a multi, multi, multi-millionaire was all about family. Ms. Billing said, “So my kids’ lives will be set.” Ms. Barber added “My grandparents, I’d send them away on a vacation. My mom would be retired and I’d make sure I have a nice, nice amount of money to put away for my nephews and my kids’ college funds.”
With all the luxuries at your disposal by hitting the Powerball prize, there are still some things money just can’t buy as Ms. Barber joked, “for the Miami Dolphins to win the Super Bowl this year.”
The winning numbers drawn late Saturday night were 5-6-15-29-42 with the Powerball number 10.
The odds of having all of the Powerball numbers is a staggering one in more than 175 million.