Stand in line at any gas station or convenience, drug or grocery store and someone ahead of you will likely be buying a Powerball ticket.
And why not? The jackpot has grown to about $360 million. That much money with a cash value of $229.2 million attracts people to take their chances and play.
But what’s curious is it is the third largest Powerball jackpot of all times. People have not been deterred by the cost of a ticket going from a $1 to $2 since January 2012.
That has just caused the jackpot to swell faster. But the rise also could be attributed to people viewing a big win as a way out of hard times.
It is their passage to Easy Street. As the middle class continues to erode into poverty, the wealth gap grows bigger and more people struggle to make ends meet, lottery tickets will sell even faster as people invest their $2 and dream.
Enjoy the wait in those longer lines.