21 Jan Arizona’s Two-Time Lottery Winner Going for Third In Historic Powerball Drawing
There’s a good chance one or more people not named Kerry Carmichael have already claimed the historic $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot by the time you’re reading this, but that’s not going to stop him from trying. Carmichael is an Arizona man who’s already had a lot of luck when it comes to winning lottery payouts, according to the local news station Tucsonnewsnow.com.
“We always felt we were going to win; we just didn’t know when,” Carmichael said. “Some people golf; I play the lottery.”
And play the lottery he has, and with much more success than the majority of those on the hunt for lottery payments. Carmichael supposedly has not missed a week of playing the lottery since 1981. He’s won two significant lottery payouts in that time. One for $2.5 million and another for a cool $1 million.
At one in 292 million, the odds of wining the huge Powerball jackpot are far-fetched to say the least, but that’s not stopping people like Carmichael from trying their luck. Arizona is one of the many states that has likely seen big increases in lottery sales due to the amount that’s at stake. In fact, in terms of total sales they are already about 12% ahead compared to this same time last year.
“When you put a ‘B’ in front of the ‘illion,’ people get pretty excited,” the executive director of the Arizona Lottery, Tony Bouye said. “We’ve already given back to the state about $81 million in just six months.”
Just like the Mega Millions, the Powerball can be taken in a lump sum lottery payout, which would still total over $800 million after the government takes their 25% cut, or as a lottery annuity paid out over the course of 29 annual payments, each increasing in size.
It’s unclear if he still works since winning the lottery as about half (48%) of winners do, but Carmichael does have some advice from his experiences for the eventual winner.
“Resist the urge to splurge,” he said. “Get a financial adviser, get a lawyer, and get a tax guy — three guys you trust, not your brother-in-law, guys you trust. And put the money away.”