About the Lottery - Employment Opportunities
News
[Back to News Articles]        
$305 MILLION Powerball® Jackpot
8/14/2012 8:33:18 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (August 14, 2012) – The Powerball® jackpot has swelled to $305 MILLION for Wednesday night’s drawing, making it the fourth largest jackpot in game history.

The winner can elect a cash option of $203 million.

Ticket sales are swift in South Carolina.

“When Powerball® posts a jackpot of this magnitude, 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 everyone to please, above all else, play responsibly.”

The odds of winning the jackpot are long, about 1 in 176 million.

This is the second $300 million plus Powerball® jackpot seen this year. In February, the jackpot climbed to $336 million before being hit in Rhode Island.

“We hope a South Carolinian will be the one to stop this jackpot run,” said Bethea. “A $305 million jackpot is exciting for our players and this state, but the real winner is education.”

The last Powerball® jackpot winner in South Carolina was three years ago this month. Solomon Jackson Jr. of Columbia won $259 million.

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

Powerball® tickets cost $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.

Good luck, South Carolina!

# # #


[Back to News Articles]        
Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of all information contained on this site. This site, however, is not the final authority on games, winning numbers, or other information. All winning tickets must be validated by the SCEL before prizes will be paid. You must be 18 years of age or older to play the games of the South Carolina Education Lottery. Our site is constantly updated with new information. Please check back often.
© Copyright 2005, South Carolina Education Lottery. All rights reserved.