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Northern Westchester Residents Excited About Record $1.5B Powerball Jackpot

Lewis Stern holds up a Powerball ticket at Yorktown Wine and Liquors. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
The Powerball jackpot can only display three digits. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Becoming a billionaire is as easy as spending $2 on a Powerball ticket.

What would you do if you won the record Powerball jackpot?
Final Results Voting Closed

What would you do if you won the record Powerball jackpot?

  • Go on a long vacation
  • Buy a new house — or two
  • Buy a new car — or two
  • Start a business
  • Give it all away
  • Keep it a secret
  • It's too much money to even consider

The unprecedented $1.5 billion Powerball lottery will be drawn on Wednesday night at 10:59 p.m. The record jackpot swelled after Saturday's 900 million jackpot did not produce a winner.

At Yorktown Wine and Liquors, Lewis Stern said he had been seeing a lot of new people coming into his store to buy Powerball tickets. In front of Stern's store, an ad for Powerball only goes up to $999 million, because it is not equipped to display four digits.

"A lot of people don't know how to play," Stern, a Somers resident, said. "They can't believe how easy it is."

Stern bought about $30 worth of tickets for Saturday's drawing. He said he doesn't know what he would do if he won.

"It's beyond my comprehension," Stern said.

Despite the long odds, Northern Westchester residents are already thinking about how they would spend the money.

Catherine Cioffi, an Ossining resident, said she played Saturday and plans to play again Wednesday.

"How can you not?" Cioffi said. "The funny thing is if I won the money I don’t think I would change much in my life. Money is just money."

Stacy Geisinger, a Bedford resident, said she is absolutely buying a Powerball ticket.

"Why wouldn't you?" Geisinger said. "I would travel, donate to charity and enjoy life."

Neal Schwartz, an Armonk resident, said he bought a ticket on Sunday morning.

"If I won, I probably would take care of our family with some trust funds, , hire a financial planner, and donate to various charities and my college," Schwartz said. Depending on what the payout was, I might move to a different home with some more security."

Peter Kamenstein, a North Salem resident, said he would donate some funds to his wife and offspring, but donate the majority to charitable causes.

What would you do with $1 billion? Let us know in the comments section.

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