COLUMBIA, SC (February 18, 2014) – The run up to Wednesday night’s fourth largest Powerball® jackpot drawing has already produced a $2 million winner here in South Carolina. Is a $400 million winner next?
We’ll know soon enough, but even if the jackpot is won in another state South Carolina could still celebrate with a millionaire.
If it happens, it will be our 20th since the Powerball® game changed two years ago touting the possibility of more millionaires among its many reasons for doubling the price to play to $2. Staggering considering in all of 2011 South Carolina crowned a mere three millionaires.
Powerball® recently released stats trumpeting its success.
Since the game changes in 2012, nationally new Powerball® has averaged over 500 millionaires each year, that’s nine millionaires a week. Florida is the “luckiest” state with 93 minted millionaires. New York is a close second at 92. Dollars and cents, Powerball® ticket sales have exceeded $11 billion.
“There is no denying that Powerball® has strengthened its brand and players in South Carolina have liked the result,” said SC Lottery Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea, who reports brisk ticket sales in South Carolina, a state still reveling in a $399 million jackpot-winning ticket sold in September.
If no one wins Wednesday night’s millions, the jackpot will loom even larger for Saturday.
“Big jackpot runs are incredibly exciting as more players enter the game,” said Bethea. “Even if we don’t see one of our own players win a million dollars, we will all benefit for a possible $2 million to $4 million in additional funding for education.”
South Carolinians looking to take a chance on the $400 million jackpot with a cash payout of $227 million, must purchase $2 Powerball® tickets by 9:59 p.m. for Wednesday’s 10:59 p.m. drawing.
The odds of winning the jackpot are long, about 1 in 176 million. Please play responsibly.