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May 17, 2013

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BREAKING NEWS: Record POWERBALL® Jackpot Grows to $600 Million!


SACRAMENTO – If you thought the last POWERBALL jackpot was huge, this is unbelievable.  The estimated POWERBALL jackpot has been increased again. Are you ready for this? It now stands at $600 million. Yes, $600 million! That is a new record jackpot for the POWERBALL game. The figure trounces the old record of $587 million which was set in November of 2012.

We could get used to this. Remember, it was a little over a year ago when Lottery fever had officially gripped the nation. The MEGA Millions® jackpot for the night of March 30, 2012 was a stunning $656 million. That was the largest Lottery jackpot ever won.

Will the POWERBALL jackpot figure increase again and possibly top that? Only time will tell. For now, the estimated cash option for Saturday night’s $600 million jackpot draw is $376.9 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. Remember, to be included in Saturday’s huge draw you must purchase your ticket by 7 p.m. on the day of the draw. All sales after that time will be eligible for the next draw.

We know that there is enormous interest in this game. Therefore, we have attached information on the satellite coordinates for the live draw feed from the POWERBALL draw site in Tallahassee, Florida. Should you wish to carry the draws on a continual basis we urge you to please contact the California Lottery’s Corporate Communications office at (916) 822-8131. This way we can gather your name and emergency contact information which we will forward to the Multi State Lottery Association which oversees the draw. MUSL will contact you in the event of any changes to the coordinates.

For media seeking additional information over the weekend on the POWERBALL draw the following Lottery Spokespeople will be available to assist you from Sacramento:
• Donna Cordova (916) 955-7644
• Alex Traverso    (916) 799-8630
• Russ Lopez        (916) 717-3114

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 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. 

As jackpots rise, the California Lottery would like to remind players that gambling should be fun. Borrowing money to play, spending above a person’s budget or using money intended for other purposes can ultimately lead to significant problems for players and their families. If a player recognizes that they have a gambling problem or if they know someone who may have a problem, please call our Problem Gambling Help Line at 1-800-GAMBLER.

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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