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Powerball® Jackpot Surges to $500 Million Tonight
1/6/2016 12:37:33 PM

COLUMBIA, SC (January 6, 2015) – The Powerball® jackpot now stands a half-a-billion dollars fueled by strong national sales leading up to tonight’s highly anticipated $500 million drawing.

There is no denying big jackpots attract new players to the game.

“As excitement and word of this jackpot spreads, with a cash payout of $306 million, we will start to see even more players waiting in line to buy their first tickets,” said Education Lottery Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea.

“What we don’t want to see is our regular players playing more,” Bethea emphasized. “The odds of winning are the same if you buy one ticket or 20. So please, play responsibly.”

Winning it all is a longshot at 1 in 293 million, but someone will, and representatives from the Education Lottery are hoping the jackpot run stops right here in South Carolina.

“It’s been over two years since we sold our last jackpot-winning ticket, that one worth $399 million, so we are optimistic. But even if we don’t sell the jackpot-winning ticket, we could still celebrate a $1 million or possibly a $2 million winner. So check your tickets, there are eight ways to win in addition to the jackpot prize.”

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

If no one wins tonight, Saturday’s Powerball® jackpot will break the record of $590 set in 2013.

Good luck, South Carolina.

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