PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- Becoming a billionaire is as easy as spending $2 on a Powerball ticket.
What would you do if you won the record Powerball jackpot?
Go on a long vacation
Buy a new house — or two
Buy a new car — or two
Start a business
Give it all away
Keep it a secret
It's too much money to even consider
The unprecedented $1.5 billion Powerball lottery will be drawn on Wednesday night at 10:59 p.m. The record jackpot swelled after Saturday's $900 million jackpot did not produce a winner.
Despite the long odds, Putnam residents are already thinking about how they would spend the money.
Lisa Kaslyn, a Carmel resident, said she was pulled in by the big jackpot.
The first thing I'd do - after an extended round-the-world vacation - would be to open a community pool in Putnam and see what we could do about expanding college-level and continuing education options in the county," Kaslyn said.
Dan Vera, a Putnam Valley resident, said he would pay off the mortgages of his adult children and give them each $1 million. College funds would be set up for his nine, soon to be 10, grandchildren as well as a $1 million trust fund they couldn't touch until they were 30 or married.
"I would keep my home in Putnam Valley and buy the 45 acres adjacent to my property and build a compound for my kids and grandkids to visit," Vera said. "I'd buy or build a home / in the Caribbean on a beach big enough for all my kids and grandkids to visit. I would totally enjoy the rest of my life with the love of my life."
Joanne Colangelo, a Mahopac resident, said she would use her money to help people.
"I don't need much so my lifestyle probably wouldn't change much," Colangelo said. "But you know I'd want to build an animal shelter or aid others in their quests to do the same. I would help the homeless. I would probably respond to every single gofundme page."
At Yorktown Wine and Liquors, Lewis Stern, said he had been seeing a lot of new people coming into his store to buy Powerball tickets. In front of Stern's store, an ad for Powerball only goes up to $999 million, because it is not equipped to display four digits.
"A lot of people don't know how to play," Stern, a Somers resident, said. "They can't believe how easy it is."
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