STATEN ISLAND, NY – Like Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, everyone wants this ticket.
After no winner was announced after the Powerball draw on Wednesday (20, 40, 47, 55, 63, 05 *), the huge lottery jackpot topped half a billion dollars – $ 523 million to be precise – to be drawn with the next numbers on this weekend. The increase from last night’s grand haul to Saturday is about $ 33 million.
According to the How TALL graphic on the Powerball website, the upcoming grand prize in vertically stacked $ 100 bills would exceed the 1776-foot frames of the World Trade Center.
The lump sum is $ 379 million, says the Multi-State Lottery Association.
Staten Island has been home to several lottery winners.
One of the biggest wins for the county was Nandlall Mangal, who signed up at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens to win the $ 245.6 million jackpot from the August 2018 Powerball drawing. Mangal, who only plays when the jackpot climbs above $ 100 million, bought the winning lottery ticket at the Stop & Shop in New Dorp, according to Advance Archives.
Three years earlier, Sunnyside plumber Anthony Perosi had lost $ 2 on a Powerball ticket valued at $ 136 million: “I tried to breathe in and nothing went in,” Perosi said of the moment he was found that he had won. “I felt like I was going to have a heart attack.”
As for minor – but still noteworthy – fortunes, one lucky winner bought a $ 28,435 Take 5 lottery ticket on Staten Island in June. The winning ticket was sold at Homeport Liquors & Fine Wines at 80 Canal St. in Stapleton.
A month earlier, Stop & Shop in Port Richmond sold a Take 5 lottery ticket worth 32,000 US dollars – its manager “Lucky Larry” DiAntonio had sold four winning lottery tickets in the past three years. Each win took place at a different Stop & Shop location on Staten Island.
And in April, a Take 5 win ticket valued at $ 33,203 was sold on Staten Island. The winning ticket was sold at Forest Cards & Gifts in West Brighton.