FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS(850) 487-7727
MAY THE LUCK OF THE IRISH BE WITH YOU THIS ST. PATRICK'S DAY
WEEKEND AS THE POWERBALL® JACKPOT RISES TO $495 MILLION
~ $300.2 Million Cash Option! ~
TALLAHASSEE - The jackpot for Saturday's POWERBALL® drawing is an estimated $495 million. The POWERBALL jackpot has rolled 22 times since the December 29, 2018, drawing, generating more than $35.1 million in contributions to the state's Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).
In addition to the jackpot, players have eight other ways to win non-jackpot prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million or up to $2 million if the ticket includes Power Play. The integrity of all games is of utmost importance to the Florida Lottery; players are encouraged to sign the back of their tickets at the time of purchase and keep them in a safe place.
POWERBALL jackpots start at $40 million and roll until the jackpot is won. Players win by matching the five white ball numbers (1-69) and the red POWERBALL (1-26). The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately one-in-24.87.
Purchase your tickets at any of the more than 13,000 Lottery retailers for your chance to become Florida's newest multi-millionaire. The Florida Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly, as it only takes one ticket to win. As with all Florida Lottery products, players must be 18 years or older to play.
ABOUT POWERBALL IN FLORIDA
Since joining POWERBALL in 2009, the game has generated more than $1.9 billion in contributions to education statewide. Florida is among the top-selling POWERBALL states in the country, with more than 88.8 million winning tickets totaling more than $2.4 billion in prizes, including 12 jackpot winners. Florida was also one of the three states nationally to have a winner share in the world record-setting $1.586 billion POWERBALL jackpot in January 2016.
The next POWERBALL drawing will be held Saturday, March 16, at 10:59 p.m. ET, tickets must be purchased by 10:00 p.m. ET to be eligible for this drawing. National POWERBALL drawings are broadcast live, in high-definition, from the Florida Lottery's state of the art draw studio in Tallahassee. Florida Lottery game drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $34 billion to education and sending more than 808,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $61.2 billion in prizes and made more than 2,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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