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DATE: Friday, May 17, 2013
CONTACT: Sally Lunsford 785-296-5708
Powerball Frenzy Fueled by $550 Powerball Jackpot
Everybody's talking about it -
the staggering $550 million Powerball jackpot and what they would
do with it! It's the second-highest Powerball jackpot in
history and the third highest lottery jackpot ever.
The chance to win hundreds of
millions of dollars led Megan Cheek of Prairie Village to purchase
her very first Powerball ticket at Kelly's Express in Topeka. Cheek
just graduated from college and knows exactly how she would
celebrate if she won.
"I'd pay off all my student
loans and take my family on a nice big trip!" said
"There's so much you could do
with it," Henry Kaminski of Kansas City told Lottery officials.
"I'd do a lot with the churches and give money to help
people. I'd help my family - the whole nine yards."
Mary Elwood of Marquette echoed
some of that sentiment, "I would do a lot of good with it, help the
homeless and feed the hungry."
The clerks at Kelly Express said
business has been very brisk and they expect to get even busier
later today and tomorrow.
"We are selling tickets like
crazy!" said Brady Fitzgerald, a Kelly Express employee.
Fitzgerald said they are not
only selling tons of Powerball, but also Mega Millions. The Mega
Millions jackpot for tonight (May 17) stands at $190
Fitzgerald says many players
promise to "remember them" if they win. "They say they'll
remember us, but they won't," Fitzgerald laughed.
The cash option on the $550
million Powerball jackpot would be $350.1 million. If a
Kansas player were to be the sole winner and take the cash option,
he or she would receive $245 million after taxes. The winner would
pay $87.5 million in initial federal withholding and $17.5 million
in state withholding at the time of the claim.
The cash option on the $190
million Mega Millions jackpot would be $140.9 million. A
Kansas winner of that jackpot would have "take home" of $98.6
million, after paying $35.2 million in federal withholding and $7
million in state withholding.
The Kansas Lottery reminds
players to please play responsibly. Players should remember to sign
the back of their tickets and put them in a safe place until the
drawings. You must be 18 years old to purchase a lottery