On Saturday night, someone in Zephyrhills, Florida won the $590 MILLION Powerball jackpot. And whoever it is got luckier than they ever realized . . . because that jackpot almost didn't exist.
Three nights earlier, the jackpot was worth $360 million. A woman named Margit Arrobio of Pasadena, California bought five tickets at a Shell station. And one of them matched ALL five numbers and the Powerball.
For a moment, Margit thought she'd just become SUPER RICH. So she was surprised when she heard there were NO winning tickets for the drawing.
Turns out Margit didn't win . . . because she bought the ticket 52 minutes too late. The Powerball drawing was at 8:00 P.M., and Margit bought her tickets at 8:52 P.M.
And if you look at her ticket, it clearly shows it's for the Saturday drawing, NOT the Wednesday drawing. And on Saturday she lost, of course.
Margit described her emotions as going from SHOCKED when she thought she'd won, to DISAPPOINTED when she found out she hadn't. Seems like an understatement on both counts.
(ABC 7 - Los Angeles / Huffington Post)