What Would You Do If You Won the $550 Million Powerball Jackpot?

As no one has won Powerball for 16 consecutive tries, the estimated jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing is $550 million. Tell us in the comments what you would do if you won.

The $550 million question being asked everywhere this week is what would you do if you won the Powerball jackpot Wednesday?

For the last two months, no one has been lucky to win the Powerball lottery.

So Wednesday's estimated jackpot is $500 million – the largest jackpot in Powerball history.

Powerball is pulled Wednesdays and Fridays and is played in 42 states, including Massachusetts and all six New England states.

According to Powerball, the odds of winning the jackpot is 1 in 175 million. The odds of getting all 5 numbers and not the Powerball, earning $1 million, is 1 in 5 million.

We took to Facebook to see what Patch readers would do if they won $500 million. Here’s what they had to say:

  • Moriarty's Fence Company: Pass out LOL.
  • Patricia Ann: Buy a house in Foxborough and pay off my debt and put money away for my kids for college.
  • Linda Murray: Buy an island, travel the world, and set up a charity for cancer patients and there families.
  • Larry Smith: Buy a round for the house at Toby Keith's while we're playing there.
  • Bill Bowman: Go see ThirtySix Red.
  • Katherine Petitpas Flibotte: Smile a really big smile.....help those in need, and pay some bills off, buy something nice for my family. Most of all, thank God!
  • Elaine Price Gildred: Everything
  • Kris Perry Long: Honestly...the first thing that comes to mind is the victims of Sandy.
  • Larry Smith: All kidding aside, I think the first thing I would do would be to take care of all my family and friends and ANYONE else that I think could use the help.
  • Deborah A Stewart: Pay off my home. Take care of my children, college trust funds for the grandkids. Do all of the repairs on my home that are needed but can't afford. Then give some to charity. And finally allow my husband to retire. But I would still keep my teenie tiny house. Don't need much to be grateful.
  • Donna Elder Richardson: My crazy purchase would be to reserve an entire cruise ship and invite my whole family, extended family and dear friends.

So Foxborough, we want to know … what would you do with $500 million? Tell us in the comments section!

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Liz Hernandez November 29, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Thank God! Pay off my families homes, buy a modest home for myself and daughter, look for those in need to help, establish a place to help others, but a bridal store...I love wedding dresses and happy brides.
Kaye November 29, 2012 at 01:54 PM
My first check would be my tithe, then donate 1 million to TLC Barefoot School and 1 million to Apparent Project in Port au Prince, Haiti. Then pay off all the families bills then buy a motor-home. Travel then end up in Florida and fly over to Haiti and bring the Principal, some teachers and some graduates from TLC School back to America. How utterly awsome would that be.
Charles Rwomushana November 29, 2012 at 03:26 PM
First thing would be to praise and thank God! First thing, pay a $50 million tieth to my church. Second thing would be diligently seek God's desire and guidance in how I should spend or invest the money. But generally I would buy a decent home for my family, invest in profitable businesses, help different ministries to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world in word and deeds, help widows and orphans in Africa.
House Man November 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I would walk up to my boss and say "Pow! How you like me now!"
Philip Han December 20, 2012 at 02:57 PM
These are also the things I would do too. Maybe also keep couple of millions for my family and relative but be careful not to leave such huge sum of money for them especially the younger ones, as it might sap them of motivation to work hard or make effort to achieve in life. Things that come easy are often not valued. Another danger is that they may fight with each other over the money. One must be able to handle such huge sudden wealth. Otherwise, it becomes a burden. We have seen too many of these happening in reality.
cm smith January 31, 2013 at 10:04 PM
I would place my daughter in the best treatment center in the world for OCD and depression so that she can work on getting better and finally have a chance at a happy life. We do not have access to very good places like this in our area in Canada. Seeing her happy again would be priceless.
Iosua Howard Sheppard February 19, 2013 at 03:17 PM
I would build a big center for drug rehabilitation that would center the clients lives around helping others in need. Of course I would make sure I get my mother the one thing in life she has always wanted, a yellow Corvette. I would have a new center built for Hope City downtown and make sure it was always stocked with food for the homeless. In that center would be a program to help the homeless get on their own feet, everything for free. After everything is done and taken care of I would have take time to count my blessings and thank our good Lord for helping me to help others.


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