For someone, or maybe several someones, it's going to be a VERY merry Christmas.
Lottery officials announced Tuesday that the jackpot for tonight's (Wednesday's) Powerball drawing was expected to set a new record by topping $500 million.
The Powerball jackpot has not had a winner in nearly two months and has rolled over 15 times since the last. On Saturday, a $325 million jackpot went by the boards.
The largest previous Powerball jackpot was awarded in 2006, when eight meat packers in Nebraska split the top prize.
Powerball is played n 42 states (including Massachusetts), the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of winning the top prize are said to be 1 in 175 million.
The largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history was paid out in March of this year, when three winners split a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot.
So we ask you, our readers -- Will you be buying Powerball tickets tonight and taking a chance at being the Merrimack Valley's newest millionaire? And how would it change your life if you were a jackpot winner?
Some of the stores in Tewksbury where you can buy lottery tickets include:
Shell Food Mart (1220 Main St)
Shell Food Mart (365 Main St.)