Tonight at 10:59 p.m., someone – but more likely, some people – will be a heck of a lot better off when the Powerball lottery number is drawn, with the anticipated payoff of $550 million as of 2 p.m. but expect that number to jump later in the day.
And all for betting a deuce (that would be $2).
Powerball is a relatively simple game of chance combining a large jackpot game and a cash game. A minute before 11 p.m., five white balls will be selected out of a drum with 59 balls and one red ball out of a drum with 35 red balls; you win by matching the five white and single red balls.
And the odds of winning tonight? Long odds: try 1 in 175 million.
Second prize is matching the five white balls; do that and you pocket $1 million. Odds for that combo is much better than the jackpot, only 1 in 5 million.
You also win by matching the red ball.
The jackpot is paid out either over 29 years in 30 payments or a lump sum payment. And bring your wheelbarrow: the current payout is $550 million. But that amount is before Uncle Sam gets his hands on the money: expect only to receive $360 million with a winning ticket.
In Belmont, you can pick up your last-second chance of a lifetime at:
A&R Market360 Trapelo Rd. Belmont Market 92 Park Ave. Belmont Smoke Shop 193 Belmont St. Belmont Variety 133 Belmont St. Handy Spa 243 Belmont St. LC's Market 326 Trapelo Rd. Nicolas Market & Deli 11 Brighton St. Ninety Three Food Market 93 Trapelo Rd. One Stop Market 334 Pleasant St. Pleasant Street Star K 368 Pleasant St. Shaws 535 Trapelo Rd. Trapelo Variety 386 Trapelo Rd. Waveryley Square Service Inc. 27 Lexington St.