Cobb County

Powerball jackpot back to $20 million after $2 billion won Monday night

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — The Powerball jackpot is back down to normal levels after Monday’s night winning drawing, but it’s still a pretty good payday.

After one person won $2.04 billion in California on Monday night, the Powerball jackpot is back down to its starting level of $20 million.

At Heby’s Food Mart along Floyd Road in Mableton, folks have learned that dreams don’t always come true. “Life is frustrating. All right? You got to wait for life,” Thomas Lykes said.

For weeks customers from all over the metro and the country had Powerball fever. At Heby’s the ticket line wrapped up and down every aisle at times. Then came Monday night’s $2 billion jackpot drawing, live on Channel 2.

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But it was delayed because one of the Powerball states—Minnesota—needed extra time to complete security protocols. Heby’s customer and Powerball player William Dycus was watching. “I couldn’t figure it out,” William said.

The drawing finally took place Tuesday morning, and by Tuesday afternoon Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen learned that one ticket matched all the numbers. The winning ticket for the largest lottery jackpot in the history of planet Earth was purchased in California. Players now in the much shorter line at Heby’s say they still have dreams.


“So you’re gonna keep playing?” “Oh, definitely. Because I like to have that chance to make a difference. Like the elections,” Thomas Lykes said.

Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot is $20 million. That’s not $2 billion, but if somebody wins they should be able to make ends meet.

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