Tommy Tune made a certain catchy list of numbers into the most famous phone number in the world. And now people nationwide are trying to come up with their own string of numbers in a bid to nab the second highest jackpot since the $656 million Mega Million bonanza was shelled out eight months ago.
Lottery fever has hit again as a frenzy of would-be millionaires rush convenience stores throughout the country to buy Powerball tickets. The winning numbers could potentially award some lucky lottery ticket buyer an estimated half a billion dollars after Wednesday's drawing.
The Associated Press reported Chuck Strutt, executive director of Multi-State Lottery Association, as predicting about a 60 percent chance Wednesday's drawing will see a break in the heightening of anticipation with the announcement of a winner.
The odds are greater a person will pen a Nobel Prize lauded novel than land a lottery win, but that isn't stopping Americans from anteing up the $2 necessary to buy a Powerball ticket. And area convenience stores reported ticket sales as skyrocketing, saying they have sold at least twice as many tickets as normal this week.
If one does win the draw Wednesday evening, he had better leave the sandbox mentality back in the school yard and be ready to share.
Many past lottery winners have ponied up the cash for their ticket in the company of family and friends, and the winnings had to be divided among the participants. And with a cash windfall as large as the current Powerball's pot luring non-traditional ticket buyers into the excitement, it is likely there will be people across the nation having successfully chosen the same numbers who will have a stake in the money as well.
It's best to arm oneself with a strategy when heading out to buy a ticket.
Charlie Francis has written a book outlining a process for choosing winning numbers. In “8 Tips On How to Pick Winning Lottery Numbers,” Francis advises people to check the previous winning numbers, to join a lottery pool and to pick from a variety of number groups.
Francis also warns hopefuls to be mindful of overspending on tickets. As joining the Powerball frenzy could become a compulsion for some, Francis makes a basic recommendation.
“Set a loss limit,” he writes. “Make sure you control your expenses in order to prevent yourself from spending too much money when gambling. Know when to go home.”
Joey Meyers was a newby to the lottery purchasing world.
“I've never bought a lottery ticket before,” he admitted as he purchased one at an area convenience store. “But I heard there was a lot of money at stake.”
What would Meyers do if he won any money in Wednesday's drawing? His dream was a pleasantly simple one.
“I'd buy me a new car and go to college,” he said.