What would you do with $235 million?

"I would move to Alaska," said Mac Noonan, 21, of Springettsbury Township. "I'd put a lot of the money away and live off the interest."

With the Powerball jackpot at $235 million for Wednesday's drawing, Noonan said he hadn't considered buying a game ticket, but knows his dad and uncle will play to win.

"They want each other to win, so they can split (the money)," he said with a laugh.

The Powerball jackpot has either hit or surpassed the $200 million mark on six occasions in the Pennsylvania Lottery's 2012-13 fiscal year, according to Gary Miller, its director of public relations.

The Powerball jackpot reached $600 million for the May 18 drawing, Miller said.

Ricky Kunkel, 50, of Hellam Township, said he occasionally plays the lottery and might make take another crack at it because of the $235 million prize.

"It's a game of chance, why not try," he said. "If I won that much, I'd probably try to help as many people as I could."

Sky Walker, 43, also of Hellam Township, said he'll try to win the $235 million. Walker said he only plays Powerball when there is a "ridiculously high" jackpot.

"When I play, I pick the numbers off the top of my head," he said. "Never let the machine pick the numbers. Do it yourself. You'll have a better chance of winning."

Walker said that if he won the jackpot, he would use the money to buy equipment for his video production company.


He also would pay off his house and then move into a new house in south Florida.

"I can't even think of anything else to do with the money, so I'd let it sit for a while," he said.

Nate Hohenade of Manchester Township said he wishes he could play for $235 million, but is not yet old enough to buy a ticket.

At age 16, Nate said he already knows what he'd do with a huge lottery win.

"I would give my mom some money," he said. "I'd make sure my family was eating good. I'd buy a nice house for my mom and one for me. I'd make sure the rest of my family was O.K. Then I would live off the rest."

Noonan said he hopes that whoever wins this Powerball jackpot would use some financial wisdom to help them hold onto the money.

"I've seen those (TV) shows where they showed what happened to lottery winners and how people spend money on cars and houses," he said. "They just won all that money and two years later they're broke."