MEDIA ADVISORY -- Sales Soar for Tonight’s $425 Million POWERBALL® Jackpot Draw
SACRAMENTO – Now it’s getting interesting! The mad scramble for tickets is in full swing throughout California. Starting at sunrise this morning, retailers reported seeing a spike in POWERBALL ticket sales. The lines were out the door in some places (see photo below), and sales figures continue to grow by the minute as people try to strike it rich. Ticket sales totaled more than $4 million through the lunch hour. By early afternoon, retailers were selling more than half a million ticket per hour, and that number is growing fast.
The POWERBALL jackpot is an estimated $425 million for tonight’s draw. We’re talking the third largest POWERBALL jackpot of all time, and the fourth largest lottery prize in U.S. history. Nice! The estimated cash option for tonight’s draw is a cool $244.7 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.
Now get ready to brace yourselves. If nobody hits all six numbers this evening – the POWERBALL jackpot for Saturday night’s draw is expected to be an estimated $600 million – and that number could shoot even higher, depending on sales. By the way, the largest Lottery prize ever won was a MEGA Millions jackpot on March 30, 2012 ($656 million), which had a cash option of $474 million.
POWERBALL is played in California (and 42 other 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 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. 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 www.calottery.com.
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.