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Let It ROLL! Powerball®’s Jackpot is now $125 Mil

12/11/2002 11:00:00 PM

Columbia, SC: The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) had lots of winners in Wednesday night’s Powerball® drawing. More than 51,000 people won $251,684.

Of that, 17,577 lottery players chose the PowerPlay® option and took home $174,206 additional dollars in winnings bringing the total amount of winnings to $425,890. The PowerPlay® number in Wednesday’s draw was 3.

No one correctly matched all five white numbers and the red Powerball® number to win the $106 million dollar jackpot. The estimated jackpot for the Saturday, December 14, 2002 drawing now rolls to $125 million. The one time cash option for Saturday’s draw is $67.5 million

For two hours on Wednesday, at the height of SCEL tickets sales, the lottery averaged nearly $5,000 per minute.

Since January 2002, the SCEL has returned over $135 million dollars to the State of South Carolina’s Lottery Education Fund. All of SCEL’s net proceeds go to pay for specific educational programs, including South Carolina’s HOPE, LIFE, Palmetto Fellows, National Guard; Lottery Tuition Assistance for 2 year programs within the state’s university system; a wide range of technical upgrades for state colleges and universities; school buses; local libraries and gambling addiction. For a complete listing of programs funded by lottery dollars, please visit our website:

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