Christmas shopping should be a breeze for the person who wins this week's Powerball Jackpot.
The Powerball Jackpot is climbing and went from $425 million on Monday to $500 million on Tuesday. That's a cash value of $327.4 million, according to Powerball.com.
To play, simply purchase a ticket for $2 at one of the locations below by 10 p.m. Wednesday night. Most players prefer the "quick-pick" method while others prefer to play their lucky numbers.
According to the Florida Lottery, Wednesday's jackpot is currently the largest in the world.
"We are thrilled that this series of Powerball Jackpot rollovers has generated approximately $45 million in unanticipated revenue for education in our state," said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell.
"Moving to a $2 game created bigger jackpots for Powerball but also allowed the game to offer a second prize of $1 million in cash," said Jim Haynes, director of the Nebraska Lottery and president of the Multi-State Lottery Association's Board of Directors, "We expect to create well over 400 new millionaires each year, just from the Match 5 prize."
In addition to Powerball's success for Florida players and retailers across the county, the game also benefits education in Florida. In just 11 months, the new version of Powerball has generated $350 million for Florida Lottery beneficiaries.
While large jackpots generate excitement among players, the Lottery wants to remind players to play responsibly and not spend beyond their means. As with all lottery products, players must be 18 years of age or older to purchase POWERBALL tickets.
Since its inception in April 1992 in 15 states with jackpots that started at a guaranteed $2 million, Powerball has grown into the world's biggest and most-recognized lottery game. Today it's played in 44 jurisdictions across the nation, with players buying more than $3 billion annually in Powerball tickets.
The biggest jackpot in the game so far was a $365 million prize split by eight co-workers at a Nebraska meat-packing plant in February 2006.
When to buy a ticket:
According to Powerball.com, drawings are held on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 10:59 p.m. Tickets have to be purchased by 10 p.m. Eastern Time on the night of the drawing. Anything bought after 10 p.m. on Wednesday will be for the Saturday drawing.
Also note that all prizes have to be claimed within 180 days of the drawing and in the state where the ticket was purchased.
Where to buy a ticket:
The following locations in the Bloomingdale-Riverview area are selling tickets:
- AJ's Fine Wine & Liquors, 3443 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Valrico
- Bell Shoals Citgo, 3501 Bell Shoals Rd., Valrico
- Erindale Food Mart, 3632 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Valrico
- Hess Express, 3353 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Valrico
- Lithia-Pinecret Cigto, 4330 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Valrico
- St. Cloud Citgo, 3802 Durant Rd., Valrico
- Circle K, 11606 Balm-Riverview Rd., Riverview
- Balm Mobile, 11292 Boyette Rd., Riverview
- Boyette Chevron, 10106 McMullen Rd., Riverview
- Handy Food, 9308 Balm-Riverview Rd., Riverview
- Hess Express, 11615 Boyette Rd., Riverview
- Kenny's Liquors, 11679 Boyette Rd., Riverview
- Pars Food Mart, 11721 McMullen Loop, Riverview
- Publix, 11667 Boyette Rd., Riverview
- Sweetbay Liquors, 6927 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
- Circle K, 11401 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
- Circle K, 2820 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
- 7-Eleven, 11015 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview
- 7-Eleven, 13220 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
- 7-Eleven, 9817 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
- 7-Eleven, 3603 Falkenburg Rd., Riverview
- Big Bend Market, 12859 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
- Causeway Marathon, 2829 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
- Chackomatt Corp. 13025 U.S., 301 S., Riverview
- Hess Express, 13179 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
- Publix, 11109 Winthrop Market St., Riverview
- Publix, 13154 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
- Publix, 3863 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
- Racetrac, 10311 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview
- Raceway, 10032 Gibsonton Dr., Riverview
- Riverview BP, 8624 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
- RV Food Store, 6933 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
- Speedy Select Citgo, 7712 Riverview Dr., Riverview
- Sweetbay, 6929 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
- Walmart Marketplace, 10863 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview
- Winn-Dixie, 9822 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
- 7-Eleven, 13411 FishHawk Blvd., Lithia
- 7-Eleven, 16781 FishHawk Blvd., Lithia
- Publix, 5642 FishHawk Crossing Blvd., Lithia
- Publix Liquor, 5646 FishHawk Crossing Blvd., Riverview
- Seven Star, 11211 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Lithia
- Sweetby Liquor, 16741 FishHawk Blvd., Lithia
- Sweetbay, 16751 FishHawk Blvd., Lithia
- Best Buy Liquor, 195 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon
- Beverages of Bloomingdale, 120 W. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon
- Bloomingdale Mobil, 936 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon
- Kings Mobil, 615 W. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon
- Publix, 855 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon
- Winn-Dixie, 179 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon