(WTNH) — You definitely hear some funny responses when asking people how they plan to spend a jackpot over a billion dollars. Those are pipe dreams for most, since the odds of winning are one-in-292 million.
Some people resisted the Powerball frenzy sweeping Connecticut and others are buying tickets and picking numbers for the first time in a while.
“I’m random,” said Frank Novak, of West Haven, as he picked out his numbers. “I’m just thinking of something, that’s all. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
But most are seasoned vets when it comes Powerball, familiar with the routine and a list of priorities if they strike it big. Like Frank Rogers of New Haven, who bought a hundred dollars worth of tickets.
“If I can win, I can get my afro cut,” Rogers said jokingly as he walked out of C&A Deli, in West Haven.
The jackpot is now estimated at $1.4 billion, by far the largest ever in history.
“My odds, probably one in a billion. I’m still going to play,” said Matt Salomone, of Milford. “You can’t win if you don’t play.”
And a big payout, of course, brings big ideas of extreme generosity.
“Probably give my company away to somebody,” Salomone went on to say. “For free. I won’t even try to sell it. Give it away for free.”
So far this year, Connecticut has already seen four people win a million dollars by matching all five numbers, but they missed the Powerball number. Two of those winners came from last Saturdays drawing.