Gamblers were in the holiday spirit yesterday as they lined up to play the Powerball lottery.
It’s virtually a national lottery, with only a handful of states failing to opt in. Consequently, the pot for the drawing has swelled to $500 million.
Asked what they would do with the money, a random group of players made clear that it isn’t fast cars or fast living they are looking forward to — it’s spending to help others.
Of course, most had a few less altruistic aims, but it was tough getting those out of them.
“The best part would be the giving,” Ed Bussone of Beverly said. He went on to explain that he’s only playing at all because of an unusual incident. He happened upon his late mother’s favorite number and that, combined with the coincidence of the huge Powerball pot, triggered him to spend the two bucks on a ticket.
He concedes, however, that the number never paid off for Mom.
Terry Valente said that if she were to win, everyone she knows would be invited to a party. She picked up her ticket at the often-lucky Summit Street Variety in Peabody yesterday afternoon.
If they call her number, on the other hand, she will soon be hard to find.
Valente explains that she won’t need a fancy new house because once the party ends she’ll be in constant motion, traveling. “And I wouldn’t have to work again,” she pointed out.
Sheila Richardson discussed her plans with owner Sam Patel at the Beverly Stop & Go. There would be money for her daughter, her daughter’s husband and her granddaughter.
“I would give money to all my dear friends,” she said. “My special friend, I would buy her a beach house. That’s what she’s always wanted.”