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Monday, November 26, 2012
Powerball Fever Sweeps Idaho; Lottery
Reminds Players to Play Responsibly
BOISE, Idaho –
Powerball jackpot fever is sweeping Idaho as the new jackpot amount for the
30-payment, annuitized prize Wednesday night is an estimated $425,000,000. The cash value is estimated at $278.3
million. The jackpot amount is a new
record for Powerball and the second largest ever offered in the history of the
world. The Idaho Lottery is preparing
its retailers for an increase in player traffic over the next three days and
reminding all players to play responsibly.
“When the jackpot reaches a level this high, we want to
remind everyone who participates to take part in the excitement but to do so
responsibly,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “Playing a couple of dollars for the chance
to win nearly half-a-billion dollars will certainly bring a lot of enthusiasm
from our regular players and less frequent players. Please play what you can afford, do not go
Retailers across Idaho already have seen in an increase in
player participation. The last time
players can purchase a ticket for the draw is 7:55 p.m. Mountain Time on
Wednesday evening. The Idaho Lottery recommends players not wait until the last
minute before the draw to purchase their tickets.
“Previously with big jackpots, it has not been uncommon for
players to have to wait in line to buy tickets.
We ask everyone to have patience with the retailers as they work with
all of their customers. We also
encourage players interested in participating to not wait until the last minute
to buy their tickets,” added Anderson.
Anderson also reminds players to sign their tickets at the
time they are purchased and keep them in a safe place until the draw. Idaho Lottery tickets are bearer instruments
and the individual who has signed the ticket and presents it for payment is who
the Lottery will pay.
Recent large jackpot runs have also encouraged the creation
of family and office pools of players who collectively pitch in a few dollars
each to buy their tickets. One group
started as the result of a large jackpot last March, won $1,000,000 a few
months later in late August. The previous Powerball record jackpot was won by a
group of eight co-workers in Nebraska in 2006.
“The real entertainment value comes from imagining what you
could do by winning this jackpot,” said Anderson. “Keep in mind, you cannot win if you do not
have a ticket, but it does only take one ticket to win.”
Since its inception in April 1992 in 15 states with jackpots
that started at a guaranteed $2 million, Powerball has grown into the world’s
biggest and most recognized lottery game. Today it’s played in 44 jurisdictions
across the nation, with players buying more than $3 billion annually in
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