“If you don’t buy a ticket, you can’t win. So why not go try it?”
A Winnipeg father and son are making a special trip to Grand Forks today to try their luck at the Powerball.
Simon Strauman and his dad spoke to Winnipeg’s Morning News on their way down south Tuesday morning.
“We’ve got 1.3 billion reasons to make this treck. We have a bag of American money and we’re about to turn it into a truckload of American money,” he said, just before the jackpot climbed to $1.4 billion.
When news of their trip spread, so did the number of favours people called in.
“We have at least 20 family members and pretty close to about 20 work colleagues and we’re buying two separate tickets with probably about 40 to 50 numbers on each ticket,” he said.
The draw for the largest lottery jackpot in history takes place tomorrow night at 9:59 p.m, and the actual odds of winning were about one in 292 million as of Tuesday morning.
It’s important to note, however, that if you buy a ticket in the US and bring it into Canada, is it actually illegal to then bring it back into the US. It’s a little known law but could cause some major headaches if a Canadian is lucky enough to win the prize.