UPDATE: The winning numbers are: 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32. Three winning tickets were sold, lottery officials said.
The nationwide rush to buy tickets for Wednesday night Powerball drawing has driven the jackpot from $400 million to$425 million. As the countdown continued to the potential winning drawing at 10:59 p.m., we chatted with diners at Carolina Café in Columbia to find out how they would spend the money. Some respondents don’t even buy tickets but said it’s still fun to speculate on what they’d do if they won. Here are some of their responses:
“Pay for college and buy into a hedge fund. I’m a business student (at the University of South Carolina) so I’d try to get my money to work for me.”
Shelton Wilkerson, Lexington
“College. I’d pay for college, then probably get a nice, new car.”
Andrell Caldwell, Irmo
“I would buy myself a new house, help out my family and friends and save for retirement. . . Wait, I could definitely retire. I would not need to save. I would have my retirement.”
Audra Kimpsom, Columbia
“I have two tickets at home. It’s $5 worth of entertainment. The entertainment would be what I would do with it. I’d be certain to take care of my parents and siblings and children financially. And I’d start setting up college funds for all the grandchildren.”
Karen Brodie, Columbia
It’s been four years this month since South Carolina has celebrated a jackpot win. If it happens tonight, the winner could either take a $244 million cash payout or the annuity, which works out to the full jackpot paid out in 30 installments over 29 years.
But don’t go spending that money just yet. Lottery officials say the odds of winning it all are 1 in 176 million.