DES MOINES, Iowa
Black Friday shoppers in many cities briefly detoured into lottery retailers, drawn off task by the prospects of winning a $325 million Powerball jackpot — the fourth-largest in the game’s history.
Chicago resident Clyde Gadlin, 65, emerged from the bustle of shoppers on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue to stop in at a 7-Eleven to buy his daily lottery tickets, including Powerball.
For him, the game is a chance to dream. A single winner’s cash payout would be nearly $213 million before taxes.
If Gadlin wins tonight, he said he’d return to his grandfather’s farm in Heidelberg, Miss.
“I would go down there again and probably do a little bit of farming,” he said.
Since Powerball tickets doubled in price to $2 in January, the number of tickets sold has decreased, but the sales revenue has made up for it, increasing by about 35 percent, said Norm Lingle, chairman of the Powerball board of directors.
And as the price went up, so did the jackpots, enticing thousands across the country to play.