Expect long waits at convenience stores and gas station checkout lines as more people shell out two bucks for a chance to win the Powerball jackpot of $400 million.
Never mind that the odds of winning are about 1 in 175.2 million, according to Powerball. The prize for Wednesday’s drawing is the attraction.
For $2 a ticket, people all over the United States can dream of living on Easy Street. Dreaming is a sure thing even if winning the jackpot isn’t.
Powerball takes people’s minds off the still high July jobless rate of 7.4 percent. Unemployment has come down two-tenths of a percentage point but not enough to drive the economy at a pre-Great Recession rate for the masses.
For the wealthiest Americans, the good times have arrived. For most people, however, the wait in lines for a Powerball ticket right now may be the best they can do.