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Powerball® Jackpot Swells to $310 MILLION
2/9/2012 11:20:43 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (February 9, 2012) – The estimated Powerball® jackpot is a whopping $310 MILLION for Saturday night’s drawing.

“When the jackpot reaches historical levels, it gets attention. Those that don’t play very often decide to take a chance,” said the Lottery’s Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea. “As always, we encourage players to please, above all else, play responsibly.”

While this jackpot registers in the top three Powerball® jackpots of all time, it is also the third largest cash jackpot in U.S. history with a cash value of $193 million. The odds of winning it are long, about 1 in 175 million.

The jackpot odds improved slightly with the Powerball® changes implemented in January. These changes also promised bigger jackpots and so far have delivered. It has been four years since the Powerball® jackpot has topped $300 million. The jackpot grew by $60 million for this drawing alone.

South Carolinians wanting to take a chance on Saturday night’s drawing must purchase their Powerball® tickets by 9:59 p.m. for the 10:59 p.m. drawing.

Tickets are $2 and are available at lottery retailers statewide.

Players can purchase PowerPlay® for an extra $1 to see their non-jackpot winnings increased by set prize amounts. Match 5 white balls with PowerPlay® to win an automatic $2 million.

“When the jackpot gets high, our players win and so does the state,” added Bethea. “Education is always a winner.”

Good luck, South Carolina!

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