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Want to win $394 million in Powerball? Try playing at these Fort Collins locations

Hoping to win the Powerball jackpot? Here are 13 things more likely to happen than becoming an instant millionaire. Wochit

You might have heard that the Powerball jackpot is approaching $400 million.

Maybe it was on TV, or on the radio during your morning commute, or through a local newspaper looking to capitalize on folks’ fascination with their slim chance of becoming crazy rich overnight.

Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot of $394 million is the largest since March, when a Wisconsin man won the $768.4 million jackpot. The current jackpot has a $274.6 million cash value, which is probably enough to make a dent in your student loan debt.

While we can’t increase your odds of winning — they’re 1 in roughly 292 million, by the way — we’re here to help you be an informed player, should you choose to press your luck.

Here’s everything you need to know about Powerball:

When are Powerball draw days?

Powerball draws occur twice a week, every Wednesday and Saturday, at approximately 9 p.m.

Deadline to buy Powerball tickets

Powerball sales end at 7:30 p.m. on draw days in Colorado.

How much does a Powerball ticket cost?

Powerball tickets are $2. Tack on the Power Play for $1 per line and your nonjackpot winnings could be multiplied up to 10 times. The 10x multiplier applies only to drawings with jackpots of less than $150 million.

How to play Powerball

Select six numbers from two separate pools of numbers. Choose five different numbers ranging from 1 to 69. Then, choose one number from 1 to 26 for the Powerball.

The there are nine ways to win, six of which require the correct Powerball. Players can match three, four or five numbers without the Powerball and also win.

Odds of winning Powerball

Approximately 1 in every 24.87 Powerball tickets sold are winners. The likelihood of winning the jackpot is 1 in 292,201,338.

What are the luckiest stores in Northern Colorado?

Since the game’s inception, the luckiest store for Powerball is King Soopers on John F. Kennedy Parkway in Fort Collins. That store has sold five winning tickets with a total winning amount of $2.3 million.

Only one other location within 25 miles of downtown Fort Collins has sold more than two winning Powerball tickets. Three tickets with a total purse of $150,021 have been sold at the King Soopers at 1275 Eagle Drive in Loveland.

Here’s a list of the 13 Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley-area locations that have sold two or more winning tickets, according to the Colorado Lottery.

Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is $394 million. Here's what players in the Fort Collins-Loveland area need to know.

Safeway powerball

Salem, Ore. – When Shelley Arnold realized she had won $1 million playing Powerball no one could see how happy she was.

“I was at Safeway and when I realized I won $1 million, my husband and the clerk couldn’t see how happy I was because I had a mask on!” she said. “I was very happy, in fact, I didn’t believe it.”

Not only did Arnold use the self-serve Lottery ticket scanner, she also had the clerk scan it, and she checked the numbers again at home.

“The funny part is that I had that ticket just lying in my purse for weeks,” she said. “I didn’t even realize I had a $1 million ticket sitting in there!”

Arnold purchased her ticket at the Safeway on Century Way in Bend when she was getting groceries. She said she was a long-time Powerball player, winning $4 here and there, but not thinking she would win a big jackpot.

“I always said I would be fine just matching five numbers,” she said. “Yes, I would’ve gotten a big jackpot if I had hit the Powerball, but this is great. I have no complaints.”

Safeway officials said they always like it when one of their customers wins a Lottery prize.

“We are so thrilled for Shelley,” said Jill McGinnis, director of communications and public affairs for Safeway. “Our employees work so hard, now more than ever. I can’t think of a better time for her to win. I hope that she feels a great sense of security because of this – and has some fun too!”

Arnold’s quick pick ticket matched all five numbers but missed the Powerball, so she won $1 million. Her numbers were 06-25-36-43-48 and she didn’t have the Powerball of 24. She joins other Oregon Lottery winners who have won more than $38 billion in prizes since 1985.

Arnold claimed her prize after making an appointment with the Oregon Lottery. To protect the health and safety of its employees and the public, the Oregon Lottery has temporarily closed the Salem and Wilsonville Lottery offices. Officials with the Lottery continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. If players have a winning ticket up to $50,000, they can fill out a claim form on the Oregon Lottery website, https://oregonlottery.org/about/claim-prizes , and then mail in the signed ticket and claim form.

Players who have winning tickets of $50,000 or more will need to make an appointment to come to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem. Call 503-540-1000 for assistance. Players should always sign the back of their winning tickets. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings.

Salem, Ore. – When Shelley Arnold realized she had won $1 million playing Powerball no one could see how happy she was. “I was at Safeway and when I realized I won $1 million, my husband and the clerk couldn’t see how happy I was because I had a mask on!” she said. “I was very happy, in fact, I didn’t believe it.” Not only did Arnold use the self-serve Lottery ticket scanner, she also had the clerk scan it, and she checked the numbers again at home. ]]>