Powerball Winner, Watch That Fiscal Cliff You'll want to take the lump sum, say advisers By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Nov 27, 2012 6:18 PM CST 32 comments Comments A customer fills in his numbers on a Powerball ticket. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) (Newser) – Tomorrow's Powerball payoff is now $500 million, reports AP, and it should end up even higher given how fast tickets are selling. Should you find yourself an instant member of the 1%, MarketWatch has some advice: Take the lump sum, which currently would be about $327 million. That's not typically the suggested path, but the threat of the fiscal cliff—and expiring tax breaks—makes things different this year. In the long run, the lump sum "could save you millions in taxes," says one adviser in the story.