The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

November 27, 2012

Jackpot entices some to buy Powerball tickets

DANVILLE — It’s Round 2 for Illinois and Indiana residents hoping that one ticket will set them up for the rest of their lives.

Ticket sales are starting to climb in Vermilion County as the drawing for a record Powerball jackpot gets closer. The jackpot — as of Tuesday evening — had reached $500 million or $327 million if taken in a lump sum. The total is $75 million more than the $425 million total accumulated Tuesday morning.

It’s the second time this year lottery players have had a shot at a big jackpot. Eight months ago, a trio of ticket buyers split a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot to set a world lottery record.

In Rossville, customers at the Casey’s General Store already were buying up tickets Tuesday morning in advance of Wednesday’s drawing.

“It’s crazy,” said Casey’s employee Sue McGee as she helped customers on Tuesday.

She said plenty of people already have started dreaming of winning big.

“It has been this way yesterday and the day before,” she said of Powerball ticket sales. “I expect tomorrow to be ever better.”

She compared the sales to the frenzy caused by the Mega Millions historic jackpot earlier this year.

While things are picking up at some places, not everybody, however, has jumped on the Powerball bandwagon just yet.

George Kumpuckal is owner of Lynch Travel Mart, 379 Lynch Dr. He said his business saw a big jump in ticket sales during the Mega Millions rush earlier this year.

That same excitement, however, hasn’t materialized yet for the Powerball jackpot.

“We’re expecting that, but not seeing it yet,” he said of ticket sales. He characterized the sales up to this point as “about the same.”

The Lynch Travel Mart is not alone. A Village Pantry worker in Georgetown said the store had sold only 16 tickets as of Tuesday morning. But the worker said things usually start to pick up as the drawing gets closer.

A worker at a filling station just across the Illinois-Indiana state line said the same thing, with ticket sales Tuesday morning there staying slow.

Illinois and Indiana are among 42 states that are part of the Powerball. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot: 1 in 175 million. A single ticket holds Powerball’s current record of $365 million in 2006.

Multi-State Lottery Association has predicted a 60 percent chance that the Powerball jackpot will be won at tonight’s drawing

The Powerball numbers are drawn every Wednesday and Saturday night with sales cut off at least an hour before the drawing.

A jackpot ticket must match the five white balls selected from 59 balls as well as one red ball selected from a drum of 35 balls.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Text Only
Local News
  • Ice cream social set

    July 25, 2014

  • Meal to help fire chief

    July 25, 2014

  • No Headline Provided Illinois lottery (Friday) Pick Three-Midday: Pick Three-Evening: Pick Four Midday: Pick Four-Evening: Lucky Day (day): Lucky Day (eve): Lotto Jackpot: Indiana lottery (Friday) Daily Three-Midday: Daily Three-Evening: Daily Four-Midday: Daily Four-Ev

    July 25, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    July 25, 2014

  • Grant enhances library garden DANVILLE — This summer, more children will have the opportunity to experience wildlife in the Children’s Wonder Garden at the Danville Public Library.This is thanks to a $1,213 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. The

    July 25, 2014

  • Pet event to benefit area shelter HOOPESTON — Here’s your chance to help homeless animals while having a good time.

    July 25, 2014

  • 'Oz' event supports literacy, Danville Library Foundation DANVILLE — The Danville Library Foundation announces its From Page to Stage: Vol. IV “Oz.”This year, the event will take audience members to “Oz” with two special celebrations. There will be the “Oz” concert and Emerald Ball and concert preview.At 3

    July 25, 2014

  • librarygreeting2.jpg Library sends to others: 'Greetings from Danville' DANVILLE – Library officials are asking children and adults to be a part of two library programs that ask them to send greetings to other towns named Danville around the country and “How do you Library?”Through Aug. 15, Danville residents can tell ot

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • East Main Street study continues DANVILLE — With the East Main Street construction finished, local representatives continue to meet to discuss the future of one of the main corridors in the city.A stakeholders group, including representatives from Danville Area Community College, th

    July 25, 2014

  • Varying subsidies worry consumers MIAMI — Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her account showed several different

    July 25, 2014

Spring 2014 Photos

Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot
Must Read