Powerball: Southwest Floridians dreaming of becoming millionaires
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CREATED May. 18, 2013
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - At Lawhon's Grocery and Meat in North Fort Myers, the cashiers were averaging more than $500 in Powerball tickets an hour.
"That's more than i ever made," said customer Arnie Kubesh, of North Fort Myers.
Multiply that by all the lotto retailers in America and you have a lot of moolah. Way more than $376 million.
"Hopefully it goes for helping schools and roads and stuff like that," said David Rodriguez, of Lakeland.
Let's explain your $2 ticket here in Florida.
About $1 of it goes toward the Powerball jackpot winnings and other prizes, $0.82 will fund education in Florida, including schools and scholarships, $0.19 is shared among vendors, retailers and the lottery folks .
"I would help local charities, no big deal" said Steve Mason.
Another customer at the store said, "First thing buy myself a home, my kids a home."
Kush added, "A big motor home, a big yacht. With that kind of money, are you kidding me?!"
But they first would have to pay taxes on their $376 million dollar loot. Just 25 percent in federal taxes. There's no state tax on lotto in the sunshine state!
"I'd probably have more friends than i would know what to do with and life would be pretty easy for a while," said Robert Ballard, of North Fort Myers.
The drawing is at 10:59 p.m. at the headquarters of the Florida Lottery in Tallahasee.