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October 19, 2000

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October, 2000 | Lottery Performance



SACRAMENTO, October 19, 2000 -- Lottery officials announced the SuperLotto Plus jackpot for Saturday, October 21, 2000 at $85 million. "On Wednesday, sales reached more than $1 million during the noon hour," said Tony Molica, Lottery Sales Director. "Players shouldn't wait until the last minute to buy tickets for this jackpot, especially since this is the highest jackpot in the nation, even higher than the multi-state games like PowerBall and The Big Game."

A single jackpot winner of $85 million would receive 26 annual payments with the first payment equaling approximately $2.1 million and the 26th payment being approximately $4.3 million before taxes. The estimated cash value would equal roughly half of the jackpot, $42 million or the amount the Lottery would invest to pay out the jackpot prize over 26 years. In the event of the death of a winner, the full prize is paid to the estate of the winner.

On April 17, 1991, the largest jackpot in California Lottery history reached $118.8 million won by 10 winning tickets and 54 winners. Juanita Colla of San Francisco, California made Lottery history when she became the record-breaking highest individual jackpot winner of $88 million on August 16, 2000. With at least 34% of all Lottery sales going to education, the sales from this jackpot (which has rolled 8 times) will generate an estimated $48 million for public education.

SuperLotto Plus can be played at more than 18,000 retail business establishments around the state. The SuperLotto PlusSM draw takes place each Wednesday and Saturday night at 7:58 p.m. Players may purchase tickets until 7:45 p.m. on the night of the draw.

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