During one hour around midday Friday, sales were $13.2 million, or $219,277 per minute. But that hasn't stopped some Fort Myers residents and visitors from trying.
Inside the holder's pockets, atop his lottery tickets, he had photos and crinkled newspaper clippings of his dream purchases: a Bentley, Rolex, Gulfstream IV jet (he'd name it "Angel"), beachside mansion and glamorously dressed model to represent Gladys Knight concert tickets.
People across Central Florida have gotten Powerball fever.
Chris Calloway, of St. Petersburg, plays Powerball when it offers a big reward.
Meanwhile, in Britain, millions of National Lottery tickets were sold before Saturday night's draw (11am today NZT) for a record £57.8 million ($128m) jackpot. By comparison, your chance of being struck by lightning in a year is about one in 960,000. "That's what it does", she said.
"And that was just for $700 million", Burlingham said. You can not buy Powerball tickets in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada or Utah. Wednesday night's winning numbers: 2 - 11 - 47 - 62 - 63 and PB: 17 The jackpot will be the largest since a Powerball prize that climbed to $564.1 million last February before it was won by players from North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico.
"Last Wednesday, I wanted to cry", Harris said. "You need to decide what this money will mean to you".
"I bought four yesterday, and I usually never buy any", said Smith, manager of Bucky's gas station and convenience store in northwest Omaha.
While winning $800 million would ultimately grant you and your loved ones financial security, it's important not to spend money you can't afford to lose (i.e.: groceries, rent, etc.) on lottery tickets.
Bayiye, who lives in Nashville but came to the United States from Uganda, said he'd take a few days to let the news soak in and to come up with a plan and then he'd claim his money.
"It's like if you sold a business", Simon said.
The highest federal tax rate for 2016 is 39.6 per cent for income above $233,476 to $466,951, depending on your filing status.
If you decide to take the annuity, you are in rare company.
The only way the victor will be receiving the $900 million before taxes is if they are willing to accept 30 yearly payments.