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No Powerball winner, as Seattleites ponder what to do with $1.9 billion

Nov 7, 2022, 8:10 AM

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The lottery station inside ABC Liquor on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. The Powerball prize soared to $1.2 billion after no winners were found Monday. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

(Photo by Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

What would you do if a billion dollars fell into your lap?

That’s the question on the minds of those who entered the Powerball lottery. The record jackpot grew to an even larger $1.9 billion after no one won the lottery drawing on Saturday night.

Some Seattleites who spoke with KIRO Newsradio said their focus would be on giving to charity if they became the big winner.

“If I had that much money, I would definitely help some of the homeless and people who are struggling with funds in this city because there are so many,” one man said.

Others wanted to give the money to their loved ones.

“I’d probably pay off all of my family’s debt and then invest, buy property,” one woman told KIRO Newsradio.

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Buying a house was a popular idea.

“I’d maybe buy a house in Seattle, because that’s probably the only time I’d be able to afford a down payment,” one man laughed.

Others had more outlandish goals.

“I’d buy a sports team,” another man said. “I’d be a half-a-percent owner for a sports team, just to say I could do it.”

Some people said that they avoid playing the lotto altogether because they feel it is throwing their money away.

“The chances of winning are so slim, and I would rather have a cup of coffee and know that I’m getting something,” one woman said.

But, the hopeful house buyer argued, losing is all part of the fun of playing.

“I know the chances of winning are not high, but it’s always fun to see who wins it, at least,” he said.

The next Powerball drawing will take place Wednesday night.

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