What would you do if you won the lottery? Blacksburg community members share their answers

New River Valley News

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Powerball lottery jackpot now tops $620 million after there was no grand prize winner in Wednesday night’s $570 million drawing.

Even though nobody won the eighth-largest jackpot in Powerball history on Wednesday, Sept. 29, those high dollar figures make you wonder what you would do if you won all that money.

Plenty of people in Blacksburg offered comedic responses, but others were more thoughtful.

“My first instinct would go shopping, but I know I shouldn’t go shopping straight off the bat,” said Virginia Tech student Olivia O’Kane. “I would probably pay off college, maybe buy a new car.”

Another Virginia Tech student, Caroline Lohr, thought it would be funny to buy out all of the buildings on the University of Virginia’s campus and rename them with after the founding fathers of Virginia Tech.

Meanwhile, some other Hokies focused on their biggest goals.

“First, I would buy a Ford Bronco, and then I would use the rest and put it towards traveling the world because my goal is to visit all seven continents, and then I’d probably put the rest in savings for retirement,” said Delaney Reed.

Blacksburg resident Frank Willing took the more practical approach, wanting to invest a good portion of it, pay off his debts and his family’s, start his own business, and then create scholarships for his alma mater.

The owner of Snuffy’s General Store, Sam Shah, says he has been selling a ton of lottery tickets lately.

“Since the last two or three days, I am seeing people are buying $50 or $60 worth of tickets, and it’s getting crazy,” said Shah.

However, the actual odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are reportedly one in 292.2 million.

According to a personal finance editorial page, “The Balance,” you are more likely to get struck by lightning or get eaten by a shark than win the lottery.

The next drawing for the $620 million Powerball jackpot will be at 10:59 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.

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