You still have time to purchase your $500 million Powerball Jackpot ticket. Carole Everett, the Director of Communications for the Maryland Lottery Gaming Control Agency, says you have until 9:59 p.m. Wednesday night, and the drawing will take place at 11:22 p.m. "So we urge everybody to go on out. This could make a fabulous gift for somebody."
A single winner choosing the cash payout will take home $327 million before taxes. "The retailer who sells the ticket will get $100,000 commission," said Everett. "It's a plus for the retailer, it's a plus for the player, certainly it's a plus for us because we benefit from the taxes. It's a big win for everybody," continued Everett.
The Powerball is played in 42 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands.