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Powerball fever hits the US as the $1.6 billion jackpot gets closer.

#Powerball says that the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292,2 million.

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WASHINGTON: In the hours building up to Saturday's drawing for the world-record-breaking $1.6 billion jackpot, Powerball fever has taken over the United States.

On Twitter, a user with the handle Glen McClure made the following announcement: "I'm winning #Powerball tonight so all of you can just rest."

Because the Powerball jackpot is the most money that has ever been won in a single drawing, a lot of people have been thinking about what they would do if they won all of that money and have been considering what they would do with it.

A man named Dontel Ducksworth, who was 28 years old at the time, was doing his shopping at a 7-Eleven convenience store in the nation's capital when he revealed his plans for the future with the cashier. He said that he wanted to build his "dream mansions," travel, and assist his family and friends. "However, it is your responsibility to prioritise taking care of yourself before everyone else."

There was a steady stream of customers buying Powerball tickets in the minutes running up to the drawing on Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. (02:59 GMT).

Bezu Wondi, who was 28 years old at the time and worked as a cashier at 7-Eleven, remarked, "I kept saying, 'Good luck!'

He is keeping his fingers crossed that one of the patrons that walks into his business would purchase the lottery ticket that will win the jackpot.

Wondi remarked, "They say, if they win, 'I'll give you money.'" [Case in point] If they are successful, I will pay you some money. He proceeded while maintaining his cheerful demeanour and stated, "They make promises."

If you play the Powerball lottery, your chances of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million. This information comes from the folks who operate the game. And in the case that there are more than one winner who selects the same combination of numbers, the reward will be divided between those individuals who are successful in winning.

At the age of 25, Yoss Aguilar was employed as a cashier at a Wawa convenience store. He claimed, "I don't know how to play it." On the other hand, she has seen a continuous stream of consumers purchase Powerball tickets from a vending machine that is positioned inside her store. The device is adorned with a giant banner that reads "Lots of people WIN," and the banner can be seen from a distance.

The cost of a Powerball ticket is $2, and the jackpot for the drawing that will take place on Saturday is expected to be about $782.4 million. A winner has the option of collecting their prize money as a single, one-time payment known as a lump sum. Customers also have the option of spreading out their payments over a period of thirty years, if that better suits their budget.

Aguilar pondered this thought to himself and asked, "I wonder how much they truly earn after taxes?"

Despite the fact that the federal government of the United States seized somewhere about 40 percent of this amount in taxes, this is still a considerable sum.

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The actor Ducksworth and his close buddy Karl Holland, an artist who was 28 years old at the time, discussed what they would do if they won such a huge sum of money and how they would spend it.

Holland expressed concern that the amount of stress could be too great to bear.

Ducksworth's reaction was, "You can never have too much," and he meant it.

"Money is never in short supply; there is always plenty accessible. You are now considered a viable target. "Holland mentioned this, and he went on to say that he had a wide variety of friends who would come to him for cash assistance. "I try not to be too quick to respond with 'no.'

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