On Wednesday, March 20, the Powerball jackpot rolled over to $320 million. That’s enough money to buy every resident in Garfield County (2,250) a brand new seaplane (up to $100,000).
The Powerball jackpot has only reached $320 million or more four other times since Washington joined the game in January 2010. It reached $325 million on February 11, 2012; $320 million on August 15, 2012; $325 million on November 24, 2012; and $550 million on November 28, 2012.
The odds are pretty long on actually winning the jackpot, but local residents have recently won smaller prizes from the state lottery in the past. The most recent was Issaquah resident Teresita Clark, who won $170,000 in 2010.
The next drawing will take place this Saturday, March 23, at 8:00 p.m., and Washington’s Lottery has imagined what a Washingtonian could do if they won the $320 million jackpot.
· Fly to Hawaii on a first-class non-stop flight (up to $2,000) and pay for every resident in Skagit County (117,400) to come along.
· Buy baseball season tickets (up to $3,000) for every resident in Cowlitz County (102,700).
· Buy 8,800 Dutch Lily bulbs (Up to $ .50 each) for every resident in Chelan County (72,700) to plant this spring.
If the Powerball jackpot winner is from Washington, the retailer that sold the ticket will receive a $50,000 selling bonus. To learn more about Washington’s Lottery and to review all up-to-date winning numbers, please visit walottery.com.
(Ed. Note: Most of the information is sourced from a Washington State Lottery news release.)