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Powerball® Jackpot Rolls to Record $425 Million
11/26/2012 10:11:21 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (November 26, 2012) – The Powerball® jackpot skyrocketed to its biggest payout in game history Saturday night when no one matched all six numbers to win the coveted prize.

The chart topping jackpot for Wednesday night’s drawing is an estimated $425 million.

For the winner, that spells $278 million in cash.

“I have my fingers crossed that on Wednesday night a South Carolinian will be holding a ticket that’s worth $425 million,” said the Lottery’s Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea. “Jackpot runs are always exciting, but this one has been incredibly energizing for our Powerball® players hungry for another astounding jackpot run like we saw Mega Millions® post earlier this year.”

In March, a $656 million Mega Millions® jackpot shattered the U.S. record. This Powerball® jackpot roll that started October 6 is expected to grow even larger before Wednesday night’s drawing as ticket sales boom nationally.

Powerball® sales are brisk all across South Carolina and in the 41 other states along with the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands that offer the Powerball® game.

“While it’s nice to think about what this large prize will afford the winner, it’s important to maintain a sense of perspective. The odds of winning this money are long, about 1 in 176 million,” said Bethea. “We encourage everyone to please, above all else, play responsibly. If you have an extra $2 to buy a ticket, that’s wonderful. If you don’t, then let it go.”

South Carolinians can purchase Powerball® tickets until 9:59 on Wednesday night for the 10:59 drawing. Powerball® tickets are $2 a piece and are available at lottery retailers statewide.

Good luck, South Carolina!

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