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Fact Sheet for Powerball’s $215 Million Jackpot

Columbia, SC (October 8, 2004): The Powerball jackpot for Saturday, October 9, is an estimated $215 million dollars. Following are facts concerning this particular jackpot and Powerball in general.

Draw Information:
• $215 million jackpot would rank as the 6th largest Powerball jackpot ever.
• It would also rank as the 10th largest lottery jackpot ever.
• This is the largest current lottery jackpot in the world.
• The estimated cash option is $117.3 million.
• The draw on Saturday night will be the 16th draw of this jackpot run. The run started on Wednesday, August 18th.
• This is the 2nd time this calendar year that the jackpot has reached the $200 million mark.
• Since January 1, the Powerball jackpot has been awarded 7 times worldwide.
• The Powerball draw takes place on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s at 10:59 P.M. Eastern time.

Powerball Odds & Game Information:
• The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 120 million.
• The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 36.
• You need to pick 5 of 53 white balls and 1 of 42 Powerballs.
• Annuities are paid out in 30 payments over 29 years.
• Before taxes, a $215 million jackpot would amount to $7,166,666 annual payments.
• Powerball is played in 27 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (29 total lotteries)

Powerball History
• The biggest Powerball jackpot ever was won on Christmas Day 2002. The $314.9 million jackpot is the largest jackpot ever won by a single ticket.
• More information can be found on our website: www.powerball.com.

Due to the large jackpot and anticipated increase in sales for Saturday’s drawing, South Carolina Education Lottery officials ask players to purchase early and avoid the last minute rush. The lottery also reminds players to play responsibly.


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