Powerball lotto: Florida's golden ticket

After the the Powerball lottery jackpot hit $350 million Wednesday, May 15, customers around the country rushed to buy tickets. When no one reported a winning ticket, the number jumped and exceeded its last record-breaking amount of $587.5 million, ringing in at $600 million.

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  1. When the winning numbers went unmatched, convenience stores across the country saw lotto ticket sales surge. 
  2. 43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands spent $78 billion  on lottery tickets last year. 11 of the 43 states take in more revenue from lottery tickets than they are from corporate taxes. 
  3. Jackpot fever: The big business of lotteries
  4. After nobody won Wednesday, the jackpot jumped to $475 million.

  5. Not long after the winnings were reported to be $550 million, they jumped to $600 million.
  6. Retailers continued to see a rise in lotto ticket sales. 
  7. Didn't win. :( #noluck #lottery #lotteryticket #powerball #nyc
    Didn't win. :( #noluck #lottery #lotteryticket #powerball #nyc
  8. When announced Saturday night, lotto players learned the winning ticket was sold in Florida. 
  9. Apparently, I will be showing up to work tomorrow as the winning Powerball Ticket was sold in Florida.  #powerball #suckers
    Apparently, I will be showing up to work tomorrow as the winning Powerball Ticket was sold in Florida. #powerball #suckers
  10. The winning ticket was sold in a Publix Supermarket in a very small town about 30 miles north of Tampa, Zephyrhills. 
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