Powerball jackpot grows to $360M, 3rd-biggest ever

2013-05-14T21:04:00Z Powerball jackpot grows to $360M, 3rd-biggest everThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 14, 2013 9:04 pm  • 

DES MOINES, Iowa — Insurance agent Joe Williams is trying, like so many others, to get lucky with Powerball.

Williams, of Middleton, Wis., won $500 several years ago and now wants to score a little higher. He’ll have his chance today with the latest drawing for the Powerball jackpot. It’s ballooned to an estimated $360 million, with a cash value of $229.2 million, making it the third-largest Powerball jackpot and the seventh-largest jackpot ever.

Williams doesn’t necessarily spend more when the prize is high. But his $4 investment in the quick-pick option means he does spend.

“I know rationally it makes no sense,” he said. “But at the same time, without a ticket, I have zero chance.”

Ervin Torok, a truck driver from Sioux Falls, S.D., also is looking for his second chance. He won a $500 prize a few years back.

“You never know,” Torok, 52, said. “Maybe one day you’ll get lucky and win.”

Read more in Wednesday’s Arizona Daily Star or StarNet.

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