Highest Powerball of all time sparks influx of players

METAIRIE, La. (WGNO) — No one has matched all six winning numbers in 40 consecutive draws for what will now be the biggest Powerball jackpot of all time.

Monday’s Powerball jackpot hit $1.9 billion with a cash value of over $900 million.

“Why is it so special? Because it’s the highest Powerball jackpot in its history,” said Kimberly Chopin, director of communications for the Louisiana Lottery Corporation.

The owners of Paul’s Stop-N-Shop in Metairie say the number of customers in their store has tripled due to the record Powerball jackpot and are even seeing new faces.

“But because of the big lottery, they feel like they can stop, they can win the lottery, and they also give us business, so I always enjoy the big bucks,” Paul’s co-owner Stop-N-Shop, Sejal Shah. , said.

Shah’s store might be in luck. In October, they sold a $100,000 winning ticket, but it went unclaimed.

“So please if you see this channel please check your tickets and claim your ticket before it expires,” Shah said.

Some players already know exactly what they will do with their winnings.

“First, for my little boy, buy him a dirt bike. Max, you know,” Powerball player Ashlea Kelly said. “And then for my daughter, she just graduated from LSU, and so we We’ve never been able to do a trip, so I would totally take it to Greece and then I’d move, go through the move.”

Louisiana Lottery officials say the odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

“But I think it’s important to remember that with such big odds, you know, it’s just a game,” Chopin said. “It’s supposed to be fun, so it only takes one to win. We really want people to gamble responsibly.

If you don’t win the jackpot, there are still other winning opportunities.

“Check your ticket.” “Just because you don’t match all six numbers doesn’t mean you could get another prize,” Chopin said. “Another good tip is to sign the back of your ticket. This helps prove ownership in the event your ticket is lost or stolen.

Jackpot winners must report to the lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge within 180 days to claim their money, and they will also receive a gift basket.

Monday’s live drawing takes place at 9:59 p.m.