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May 8, 2013

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May, 2013 | Media Advisories and Events

POWERBALL® Jackpot Soars to $222 Million for Tonight’s Draw


SACRAMENTO – No one won last night’s $139 million MEGA Millions® jackpot. And while that’s a life-altering amount of money, it’s merely an appetizer for what’s to come tonight. That’s because the POWERBALL jackpot continues to grow also. And because it rolled on Saturday night, for the first time since California joined the multi-state game about a month ago, the jackpot has eclipsed the $200 million mark - $222 million for tonight’s draw, to be exact.

The estimated cash option for tonight’s $222 million jackpot draw is $144.5 million. The retailer who sells the jackpot-winning ticket will receive a bonus of $1 million, which is the largest bonus a retailer can receive. For reference, the largest Lottery jackpot ever won was a MEGA Millions jackpot on March 30, 2012. The jackpot was $656 million with a cash option of $474 million.

To access video of Lottery players buying POWERBALL tickets in anticipation of winning the large jackpot, please click on the following links to use this free video:

The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their ticket, keep tickets in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes.

POWERBALL is a multistate game, played in California and 44 other jurisdictions (42 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Players pick five numbers from 1 to 59 plus a Powerball number from 1 to 35. Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST. Tickets sales are suspended from 7:00 PM to 7:05 PM the day of the draw. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s POWERBALL site for more information. 

And remember, checking the daily draw results is easier than ever. All past and current Lottery draw results can be obtained for FREE by dialing 1-800-LOTTERY and selecting option 1, or via our website at

The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.

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