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By the numbers: Florida Powerball stats and fun facts

A Powerball sign above Interstate 275 in Tampa isn’t equipped to show a jackpot value more than $999 million. On Monday, the estimated jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing was at $1.4 billion. [SKIP O’ROURKE | Times]
A Powerball sign above Interstate 275 in Tampa isn’t equipped to show a jackpot value more than $999 million. On Monday, the estimated jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing was at $1.4 billion. [SKIP O’ROURKE | Times]
Published Jan. 12, 2016

The last time Tampa Bay got caught up in Powerball fever was two years ago when Gloria MacKenzie, an 84-year-old Zephyrhills grandmother, won the $590 million jackpot, the largest Powerball sum in history at the time.

It took several days for MacKenzie to claim her prize.

MacKenzie, who purchased her Quick Pick ticket at the Publix on Gall Boulevard in Zephyrhills after someone let her cut in line, left Zephyrhills for a newly purchased golf course mansion in Jacksonville.

Since MacKenzie won, no Powerball jackpot has grown beyond her record winnings.

Until now.

As the current Powerball jackpot continues to swell — it climbed to an estimated $1.4 billion by Monday — people across the country are holding their breath and waiting for Wednesday, when the next drawing will take place in Tallahassee at Florida Lottery headquarters.

While you're waiting in line to buy tickets, check out these fun facts:

42,000 Number of tickets sold per minute during peak purchasing time — 6 and 7 p.m. — this past Saturday.

1 in 292.2 million —A Powerball ticket holder's chance of winning the jackpot.

1 in 74.8 million — Odds, roughly, of being killed by an asteroid strike in any given year, according to data compiled by the Economist magazine.

1 in 25.4 million — Odds of dying from a bee or wasp sting, also according to the Economist.

10 — Number of Powerball jackpot tickets sold in Florida since 2009.

207 — Number of millionaires made in Florida from Powerball winnings.

100 — Percentage of Florida Powerball jackpot winners who have taken the cash lump sum, rather than opting for an annual payout over 29 years.

60 — Number of days a winner has to take the cash lump-sum option. After 60 days, winners can receive their money only via the annual payout, which is the option the Florida Lottery recommends winners take because of this next statistic.

70 — Percentage of lottery winners who blow their loot within five years.

180 — Number of days a winner has to claim their dough before ticket sales are reappropriated to the corresponding states. A $50 million jackpot ticket was sold at a Tampa convenience store in 2013, but the lucky winner never claimed their lot. Bummer.

Information from Times archives and the Florida Lottery contributed to this report. Contact Katie Mettler at kmettler@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3446. Follow @kemettler.