May 17, 2013
Record Jackpot for Powerball - $600,000,000
BOISE, Idaho – The Powerball jackpot has
been raised to an estimated $600 million for Saturday night’s draw. Here are some fast facts about Powerball and
the jackpot history in the United States.
this is a new record jackpot amount for Powerball
is the estimated one-time cash lump sum payout for Saturday night
estimated amount one single Idaho winner would claim, after withholding taxes,
if they took the one-time cash lump sum
largest Powerball winner ever in Idaho, May 28, 2005
largest Mega Millions winner ever in Idaho, January 4, 2011
Idaho Lottery has seen its draw game sales dramatically increase in the past
few days, due to the unprecedented events where both big jackpot games have very
large prizes available,” said Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson. “There is a
lot of excitement and a lot of anticipation surrounding these games right
now. We want to strongly emphasize to
everyone to please play responsibly. Enjoy the games and image what you might
do if you win, but please only play what you can afford. Do not go overboard.”
is the first time the two games combined jackpots for both Powerball and Mega
Millions will total over three-quarters of a billion dollars. The current jackpot amounts are:
Powerball at $600,000,000
Mega Millions at $190,000,000
cost of a Powerball ticket is $2 per play.
The cost of a Mega Millions ticket is $1.
only way to win is to purchase a ticket, but keep in mind it does only take one
ticket to win,” added Anderson.
last time to purchase a Powerball ticket 7:55 p.m. MT on Saturday evening. Mega Millions ticket sales end at 7:55 p.m.
MT on Friday night.
the draw time gets closer, the Idaho Lottery does expect lines to form at
retail locations. The Idaho Lottery asks
players to be patient while waiting and urges players to buy their tickets
early, well in advance of the draw tomorrow night.
Idaho Lottery also is strongly encouraging everyone to sign their tickets at
the time of purchase. Lottery tickets
are bearer instruments and the Lottery will pay the person who has signed it
and presents it for payment.
current Powerball jackpot is the second largest jackpot in the history of the
world. The world record jackpot is $656 million on Mega Millions from March
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 all 45 Lottery jurisdictions
across the nation.
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Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring
Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM,
and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to
maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund.
Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $2.3 billion in
products, awarded over $1.3 billion in prizes to players, returned more than
$136.5 million in retail commissions, and distributed $552.3 million in Lottery
dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn
more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.