Powerball mania is sweeping the nation, and with good reason — the Powerball jackpot is at $1.5 billion. But, where can you buy Powerball tickets? I mean, that's some life-changing money right there. What would you do with $1.5 billion? If it were me, I'd drop off a large sum to charity, then I'd pay off my parents' mortgage, and buy a place of my own. Boring right? That is, until you hear the part where I put aside a small sum to pay for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to play live at my future wedding. The huge Powerball draw will happen on Jan. 13 10:59 p.m. ET, so if you've got big fantasy wedding plans like me, you might want to grab yourself a ticket.
Unfortunately, your odds of winning are one in 292 million, which is to say, bad. But that's not to say winning is impossible. I mean, someone's going to win something, right? You never know — stranger things have happened. A Powerball ticket costs only $2, so for a couple of bucks you can join in on the fun of mass hysteria, and have a few, gripping moments on Wednesday night when they draw the numbers. Sounds worth it to me, if for nothing more than the little adrenaline rush. If you've never purchased a lottery ticket before, here are some places where you can buy your Powerball ticket before the big draw:
1. At your local convenience store or bodega
Probably the easiest option for buying your Powerball ticket is a quick jaunt to your local convenience store or bodega, where you can buy them from the counter.
2. At the supermarket
The supermarket should have an extra little counter for lottery tickets, or you can just ask the person at check out. Maybe add an extra $2 to your grocery bill tonight!
3. At liquor stores
That's right — your local liquor store is good for more than just wine. Swing by tonight and see if it carries Powerball tickets. Chances are, it does!
4. At kiosks in lottery retailers
You can visit a lottery retailer in one of 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, and purchase a ticket from the kiosk in there. This handy map will tell you if you can purchase tickets in your state, and if not, it's time to come up with a backup plan immediately.
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