FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2021
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS(850) 487-7727
NEARLY $700 MILLION UP FOR GRABS THIS WEEK
AS AMERICA'S DUELING JACKPOTS CONTINUE TO RISE
~ MEGA MILLIONS® Jackpot Reaches $475 Million; POWERBALL® Jackpot Reaches $201 Million! ~
TALLAHASSEE - A total of $676 million is up for grabs this week as America's dueling jackpots, MEGA MILLIONS® and POWERBALL®, continue to climb! Today, the MEGA MILLIONS jackpot increased to an estimated $475 million and on Sunday, the POWERBALL jackpot rolled to an estimated $201 million.
Jackpot winners have the option to receive their winnings in 30 annual installments or as a one-time, lump-sum cash option of approximately $316.4 million for MEGA MILLIONS and $137.4 million for POWERBALL. In addition to the jackpot prize, players can win lower-tier prizes of up to $2 million with POWERBALL and up to $5 million with MEGA MILLIONS.
This series of MEGA MILLIONS jackpot rollovers has generated more than $27.4 million for education in Florida, while this series of POWERBALL jackpot rollovers has generated more than $15 million.
MEGA MILLIONS jackpots start at $20 million and roll until the jackpot is won. Players win by matching the five white ball numbers (1-70) and the Mega Ball number (1-25). The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately one-in-24.
POWERBALL jackpots start at $20 million and roll until the jackpot is won. Players win by matching the five white ball numbers (1-69) and the Power Ball number (1-26). The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately one-in-24.87.
Players can purchase tickets at any of the more than 13,000 Lottery retailers across the state for the chance to become Florida's newest multi-millionaire. Players are reminded to sign the back of their tickets at the time of purchase and keep them in a safe place. The integrity of all games is of utmost importance to the Florida Lottery. As always, the Florida Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly and remember that it only takes one ticket to win.
ABOUT MEGA MILLIONS IN FLORIDA
Since joining MEGA MILLIONS in 2013, the game has generated more than $727 million for education, and has awarded more than $757 million in prizes to 59 million players.
The next MEGA MILLIONS drawing will be held Tuesday, May 18, at 11:00 p.m., EST, tickets must be purchased by 10:00 p.m., EST to be eligible for this drawing. MEGA MILLIONS drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state. Drawings are also available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website and our official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/floridalottery. Winning numbers are available on the Lottery's website, free mobile app, at retailers statewide, and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY.
ABOUT POWERBALL IN FLORIDA
Since joining POWERBALL in 2009, the game has generated more than $2.2 billion in contributions to education statewide. Florida is among the top-selling POWERBALL states in the country, with more than 102.5 million winning tickets totaling more than $3.1 billion in prizes, including 15 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 Wednesday, May 19, at 10:59 p.m., EST, tickets must be purchased by 10:00 p.m., EST to be eligible for this drawing. POWERBALL drawings are broadcast live, in high-definition, from the Florida Lottery's state of the art draw studio in Tallahassee. Drawings are also available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website and our official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/floridalottery. Winning numbers are available on the Lottery's website, free mobile app, at retailers statewide, and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $39 billion to enhance education and sending more than 880,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 99 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Lottery retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $75.6 billion in prizes and made more than 3,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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