With the Powerball jackpot climbing to an estimated $250 million for Wednesday night’s drawing, many people find themselves catching lotto fever.
Although the lottery is a fun game of chance, it’s important to remember lotto fever can burn a hole through your pocketbook.
“We definitely get more business the higher the jackpot goes,” said Brian Hart, night supervisor at Energy Plus on South E and Eighth streets in Richmond. “People who normally don’t play come in … we expect to be much busier this week.”
Indiana had almost $11 million in sales last week. According to the Hoosier Lotto, players across the nation bought more than 70 million tickets between last Thursday and Saturday night.
But lottery officials want to remind players not to lose their sense or their savings for a chance of hitting it big.
“We always advise players to be responsible,” said Andrew Reed from Hoosier Lotto’s public relations department. “For nearly seven years we have concentrated on reminding folks that there are more important things than the lotto … even at this level.
“With the odds of winning at one in 120 million, people shouldn’t spend money they don’t have.”
According to the Multi-State Lottery, Indiana is one of the biggest Powerball states.