Powerball Fever Sweeps the Nation

A lotto billboard in Nashville, Tenn., displays the amount of Wednesday night's Powerball lotto jackpot, the largest in history. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
A lotto billboard in Nashville, Tenn., displays the amount of Wednesday night’s Powerball lotto jackpot, the largest in history. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Ryan McGuinness, left, and Shane Krugman display 3,000 Powerball lottery tickets that they had purchased from a market in Tampa. The two men have organized a lottery pool that has about 270 participants who have chipped in at least $500 and bought more than 67,000 tickets. (Skip O'Rourke/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)
Ryan McGuinness, left, and Shane Krugman display 3,000 Powerball lottery tickets that they had purchased from a market in Tampa. The two men have organized a lottery pool that has about 270 participants who have chipped in at least $500 and bought more than 67,000 tickets. (Skip O’Rourke/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)
A lotto sign in a store in San Diego, California, on Wednesday. Many lotto signs do not have the ability to post an amount in the billions, and therefore are listing the Powerball prize as $999 million, although the actual estimated jackpot is $1.5 billion. (Reuters/Mike Blake)
A lotto sign in a store in San Diego, California, on Wednesday. Many lotto signs do not have the ability to post an amount in the billions, and therefore are listing the Powerball prize as $999 million, although the actual estimated jackpot is $1.5 billion. (Reuters/Mike Blake)