“The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.“ – Wilson Mizner
All I have to say is, “wow!” Get out there everyone and get your Powerball ticket. Get that dollar out, scrape together your change, or go in with family, friends, or co-workers, to get in on a chance at a piece of or the entire $550 million dollar jackpot. Every Wednesday and Saturday the balls are bouncing and numbers drawn for the Powerball. The jackpot is at a record high due to an extremely dry spell in winning tickets.
Lotteries actually date back to 1490. Besides the chance for participants to win cash and prizes, lotteries also help fund important causes for each state. Proceeds from the Nebraska Lottery help to fund building higher education buildings, education programs, and many other programs important to the state’s needs.
The lottery game, Powerball, started April 22, 1992, with an opening jackpot of $2 million. Over the next ten and a half years the game went through several changes and promotions. Besides the fact that the balls have been changed a total of twelve times, the Power Play was added and changed on four occasions. The opening jackpots were also changed two more times since the opening Powerball in 1992. In November of 1997 the opening jackpot was changed to $10 million, and then changed once again in January of 2012 to open at $40 million.
Another change that was made in January of 2012 was to the amount won for the first five numbers on the Powerball ticket. The winnings went from$200,000 to $1 million. This change was extremely lucky for Guy and Marcella Stoller of Omaha, Nebraska. They purchased their ticket at Bag ‘n’ Save on north 90th street and won a million dollars on October 23rd of this year. Yippee skippee for the Stollers!
The last record breaking jackpot win was in Nebraska. On February 18, 2006 a whopping $365 million was won by several Con Agra employees who had gone in on the price of several tickets. Now that had to be a bunch of happy campers. Hmmmm….who bought lunch?
The Powerball is played in forty-two states, including Washington D.C. and the United States Virgin Islands. Three of the states that have not approved participating are, California, Nevada, and Wyoming. Besides the Powerball, there are several other lottery games played in each state. In Nebraska for instance you have the ‘2 by 2’, ‘My Day’, ‘Pick 3’, and ‘Pick 5’. Tickets for all lottery games can be purchased at nearly every gas station and convenient mart throughout the state.
So, get to the mini-mart, make a quick stop at the gas station, and get your Powerball Nebraskans. Good luck to you!