Lending a helping hand, rescuing animals, and buying a secluded future in paradise.
These are just some of the dreams and ideas people mentioned when asked what they would do with the winnings of a possible record-breaking lottery grand prize.
After no one matched their ticket's six numbers with the winning digits of the Powerball'sHalloween drawing, Monday, Oct. 31, players now have a shot Wednesday night for what could be the U.S. lottery's fourth-largest jackpot – $1.2 billion.
If nobody wins Wednesday's drawing, the Powerball prize, which grows after each unclaimed drawing, will reach, if not break, the $1.586 billion record jackpot, which three ticket holders won in 2016.
Wednesday night's advertised Powerball jackpot of $1.2 billion is for winners who chose to receive their winnings through an annuity paid over 29 years. Almost every winner picks the cash-out option, an estimated $596.7 million for Wednesday's drawing.
There are eight possible number matches to win the Powerball's set cash prizes ranging from $4 to $2,000,000, but players must match all six drawing numbers, including the red Powerball, with their tickets to win the Powerball's changing grand prize jackpot.
Powerball drawings are at 10:59 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Cutoff times for ticket sales vary from one to two hours before the drawing.
It costs $2 to play the Powerball, and asking ticket sellers for a Power Play ticket at an extra $1 can multiply non-jackpot prizes by either two, three, four, five or 10 times. Power Play multipliers are randomly selected just before each drawing.
There have been 38 consecutive Powerball drawings without a jackpot winner since it was last won on Aug. 3.
Powerball is played in 45 states, as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C. Players have a 1 in 292.2 million chance of winning its jackpot grand prize.
However, those slim odds don't keep people from daydreaming about what could be.
Citrus County Chronicle staff posted a question on Facebook, asking people what they would do if they lucked out with the lottery. Here are some of the responses:
"Move out of Florida to a tropical island, pay off my current mortgage, pay off all debt and car notes," Tifanie Kent Felix said. "Give the kids our Florida home, and say 'toodles'"
"I would build a homeless shelter," Cheryl German said.
"Probably nothing," Kristina Joel Martin said. "I would be in shock that I actually won something."
"Help every one I can!" Angela Videon said. "A life-changing way for me is a life-changing blessing to those around me!"
"I would offer to pay whatever additional costs were involved to make the new Citrus County Animal Shelter the absolutely best in the country, a shelter known around the country as the best shelter ever," Dan Mc Kee added. "Make sure every animal that has to live there lives it's best life possible."