Here’s how much good you could do with the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot

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CHICAGO — The jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball lottery drawing is a whopping $1.5 billion. Certainly you could use that money to buy islands and fancy cars, but how much GOOD could you do with it? So WGN partnered with the Chicago-based startup Public Good and they crunched the numbers. Some of the results are pretty unbelievable:


$1.5 billion could save the lives 5,703,422 pets, including basic care, vaccinations and spay/neutering services from arrival through adoption. Source: PAWS


$1.5 billion could feed 821,917 of our Chicago neighbors for 5 years. 73 percent of Greater Chicago Food Depository clients must choose between paying for food or paying for utilities. Money from the Powerball jackpot could help Chicago’s hungry avoid this difficult decision.

Or, you could save 33,333,333 children from malnourishment. Source: Action Against Hunger


$1.5 billion could feeds 857,142 homeless a year ($700K feeds 400 homeless a year). Source: Eva’s Kitchen

Or, you could build 250,000 homes for the homeless. Source:

Or, you could house 150,000 homeless and provide a case worker for each person to supervise their needs. There are currently 125,848 homeless Chicagoans. Sources: Think Progress; Daily Kos; Chicago Coalition for the Homeless


$1.5 billion could help 3,000,000 teachers provide school supplies for a year. Source:


$1.5 billion could give 428,571,428 Africans clean water for 20 years. Source: Water Wells For Africa

Or, you could provide 12.5 million families 1 goat each, giving them their own small business — providing wool, milk, eggs and more. Animal donations can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood. Source: Heifer International

Or, you could keeps 2,800,000 HIV positive children healthy for a year. Source: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation


$1.5 billion could run 9,514 women’s shelters for a year. Source: Abby’s House

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