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March 2, 2001

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March, 2001 | Lottery Performance



  • The jackpot for Saturday, March 3, 2001 is $89 million and is the largest lottery jackpot in the United States this week (even larger than the multi-state lotteries like Powerball and The Big Game).

  • With at least 34% of all Lottery sales going to education, the sales from this jackpot (and its 8 rolls) will generate an estimated $51 million for public education.

  • The retailer who sells the winning ticket wins too. The retailer receives a jackpot bonus equal to 1/2 of 1% of the prize amount. A single winning ticket would yield $445,000 for the retailer.

  • This jackpot is the 3rd largest in California Lottery history and the largest since April, 1998.

  • For an $89 million jackpot, annual payments would begin at just over $2.2 million and will graduate to more than $4.4 million by the 26th year (before taxes).

  • If the winner chose the cash option, the winner would receive a lump sum of roughly half the jackpot amount or about $44 million (which is the amount the Lottery invests in U.S. Treasury Bonds to pay the prize over time).
  • The fiscal year that ended June 30, 2000 was the best year of the decade for the Lottery:

  • Sales were $2.59 billion
  • Education contribution was over $945 million
  • Scratchers sales at $1.17 billion were highest since the first year of the Lottery, when there were no other games
  • Most ever paid to Lottery retailers: $179.5 million in total retailer compensation
  • Share of sales devoted to game and operating costs were lowest in 10 years: 13.2% of sales
  • Jackpot and Winner History

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  • The largest California jackpot ever was $118.8 million on April 17, 1991, split by ten winning tickets and shared by a total of 54 winners. This jackpot holds the record for the largest single-state Lottery jackpot.
  • The second largest California jackpot was $104 million on April 8, 1998, split by 3 winning tickets and shared by a total of 24 winners.
  • The biggest individual prizewinner in California Lottery history was Juanita Colla of San Francisco, who won $88 million on August 16, 2000.
  • SuperLotto Plus tickets are sold at more than 18,000 retail locations statewide.

  • Odds of winning the SuperLotto Plus jackpot are 1 in 41 million. Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 23.

  • Since the Lottery began in 1985 there have been 1,615 winners who have won a prize of a million dollars or more.

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