DURHAM — Planning to hit the Powerball jackpot Saturday night?
Do it in person.
Powerball, the granddaddy of all lottery games, is coming to the Bull City for a very limited engagement: one drawing at the downtown American Tobacco complex, next to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Powerball is based in West Des Moines, Iowa, but occasionally goes on the road. North Carolina is one of 29 states -- along with Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands -- that participate in the lottery.
"This is possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Pamela Walker, a spokeswoman for the N.C. Education Lottery. "Unless you travel to West Des Moines to see it."
In case the prospect of winning millions of dollars isn't incentive enough to lure you to the American Tobacco complex, a juggler, a stilt-walker, a magician and Stormy, the Carolina Hurricanes' mascot, will be on hand to entertain.
The odds of hitting the six-number grand prize are less than 1 in 146 million, but the payoff isn't bad.
Wednesday night's jackpot topped $51 million, and if there wasn't a winner, Saturday night's pot of cash would likely grow to $64 million, Walker said.
As always, the drawing will be televised locally on WRAL.