You Bought What? $1.5 Billion Powerball Jackpot Could Send Winner Over the Moon

Ben FranklinIf a lucky Michigan Lottery player wins Saturday’s $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot they could be over the moon, literally.

For a mere $55 million, the winner could board a rocket and takeoff for a trip to the International Space Station and still have plenty left over to enjoy once they return from orbit.

If outer space isn’t on the winner’s bucket list, there will be plenty of other ways to enjoy the $1.5 billion. Diehard sports fans could purchase either the Detroit Tigers ($1.4 billion) or Detroit Red Wings ($990 million).

If the winner is looking for some much needed R&R after counting their money, they could buy a private island, or several, with prices starting at just a few million. If the upkeep of a private paradise is too much, purchasing a castle for a few hundred million could be the best way to spend an early retirement. For the winner looking to recapture the thrill of winning the jackpot, building a theme park is within reach for about $500 million.

PowerballIf philanthropy is what the winner is interested in, they could buy a Thanksgiving turkey for nearly everyone in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

Finally, if the winner is looking to invest, buying 65,000 pounds of gold is on the table, with gold selling at roughly $22,392 per pound.

Powerball tickets may be purchased until 9:45 p.m. Saturday at retailers throughout the state. Tickets also may be purchased online at

Powerball plays may be purchased for $2 each at Lottery retailers across the state and online at A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1. For an additional $1 per play, Double Play may be added to a Powerball ticket, giving players a second chance to win up to $10 million in the nightly Double Play drawing.

The Powerball drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday and may be watched live online at: Powerball tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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