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2/9/2006 11:26:01 AM

If the $250 million is hit Saturday night, it would be the 6th largest Powerball® jackpot in its history.

Columbia, SC: Excitement is in the air as the nation’s largest multi-state lottery continues to roll. The estimated Powerball® jackpot for Saturday, February 11, is $250 million. If the $250 million is hit Saturday night, it would rank as the 11th largest jackpot won in the history of world lotteries and the 6th largest Powerball® jackpot.

“This is a time when even lottery staff gets excited for the players,” said Ernie Passailaigue, SCEL’s Executive Director. “However, we understand there is concern for players who over indulge when the jackpot reaches this level. We want to encourage all players to use discretionary dollars.”

The current Powerball® run began December 17, 2005. The drawing Saturday night for the $250 million will be the 17th drawing in this run.

Players wanting information on gambling addiction services can call toll free 1-877-452-5155. The hotline, managed by the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Substance, offers live support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please play responsibly.

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