“Think big Florida!” That’s the slogan for the multi state lottery game that is about to beam on the sunshine state.
Players have 2 chances a week to hit the jackpot, the largest sum ever was 365 million dollars.
"Florida joining them will make 32 lottery jurisdictions participating in it, so we are looking forward to it, it will actually be a good thing for the state of Florida." Says Greg Ross, owner of the Panhandle Package Store.
According to the Florida Lottery Association, they have contributed more than 19-billion dollars to the educational enhancement trust fund since 1988.
"We feel that Powerball will add millions more to the Education Fund. So far it has received a positive response from the public through E-Mails, letters, and phone calls." Says Jackie Barreiros
"I think its going to be exciting, something good that we should profit from. Do you think you'll win? Sure I do, Sure i do, I'm excited about it." Says Patricia Kendrick, a Powerball Player from Miami.
But Florida residents won't be the only ones participating, many expect Alabamians to cross the state line and take their shot at the jackpot.
"We have a lot of Alabama players and a lot of Florida players, It’s a situation- people sometimes want to spend a dollar here and there and take a chance to win millions of dollars." Says Ross.
The odds of winning a prize are one in 35. The odds of hitting the jackpot are one in 195 million.
Powerball tickets cost one dollar and will go on sale Sunday at all participating Florida Lottery outlets.
The first drawing Florida will be participating in will be held this Wednesday night, 10:59 eastern time.