The Powerball jackpot climbed up to a whopping $600 million Friday, and it had many people forking over big bills.
The jackpot soared to more than half a billion dollars after none of the tickets sold matched all the winning numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing.
The next drawing will be held Saturday, with a cash value of $302.4 million, lottery officials said.
People were out Sunday morning buying tickets to try to cash in.
Authorities had said Pedro Quezada owed about $29,000 in back support. During the court hearing, officials said Quezada had paid about $30,000 to settle the debt.
The unpaid child support payments go back to 2009. It’s not known which of Pedro Quezada’s five children, who range in age from 5 to 23 years old, are covered under the payments.
Pedro Quezada appeared at New Jersey Lottery headquarters Tuesday afternoon.
Late Monday afternoon 44-year-old Pedro Quezada walked into the Eagles Liquor in Passaic, N.J., and checked to see if he had the sole winning ticket for Saturday’s $338.3 million Powerball drawing.
The New Jersey Lottery said Sunday that details about the winning ticket would be released Monday, declining to reveal where it had been purchased and whether anyone had immediately come forward. It was the sixth largest jackpot in history.
Neil Watson with the Nebraska Lottery says the current estimated jackpot of $320 million seems to be holding strong. The lump-sum cash option is $198.3 million.
State officials say New York gamblers plunked down a record $9.1 billion on state-sanctioned lottery games in 2012.
With the new year will come a new way to find out if you’ve won the New Jersey Lottery.
Two Mega Millions tickets are each worth $250,000 and a $200,000 Powerball ticket was bought on Christmas Eve at Milleries Food Market in Mount Holly.
The 67-year-old purchased the winning ticket for the Nov. 2 drawing in Mineola.
A lottery official said late Wednesday that the jackpot increased to $579.9 million by the time of the drawing, making the cash option $379.8 million.