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8/7/2013
 

PA Lottery Offers Quick Facts on Tonight’s $425 Million Powerball Drawing

Middletown – Pennsylvania Lottery retailers are reporting very strong ticket sales for tonight’s $425 million Powerball drawing. The cash prize is worth $244.7 million.

A few Powerball facts of interest:

• Tickets remain on sale until 9:59 p.m. tonight. The drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m.

• Powerball and Powerball with Power Play tickets were selling at a rate of about 5,000 tickets per-minute as of noon today, statewide.

• Also as of noon today, the Pennsylvania Lottery had sold nearly $50 million in Powerball and Powerball with Power Play tickets since the current jackpot run began in late June. That translates into approximately $15 million in funding for benefits to older Pennsylvanians just from this jackpot run.

• Ticket sales have been rising all week. Powerball sales were approximately $957,000 on Sunday, $2.2 million on Monday and $3.7 million on Tuesday.

• The Pennsylvania Lottery has sold 17 jackpot-winning tickets since joining the multi-state game in 2002.

• The most recent jackpot-winning Powerball ticket sold in Pennsylvania was for the June 22 drawing, and was worth $131.5 million. A Delaware County woman claimed the $77.4 million cash prize on July 30.

• The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510.

• If you hold the winning ticket, you should immediately sign the back of the ticket and put it in a safe place. Then, contact the Lottery at 717-702-8146 during business hours to arrange to bring the ticket to Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County, for validation.

• It takes four to six weeks to process prize claim payments.

The Pennsylvania Lottery advises players to purchase their Powerball tickets early to avoid any last-minute rush and to always play responsibly.

How to play Powerball: Players pay $2 and select five white balls from the first set of 59 numbers plus a single red ball, the Powerball, from a second set of 35 numbers. Players may select their own numbers using a Powerball playslip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks. Players must match all five numbers drawn plus the Powerball number to win the jackpot. There also are eight additional ways for players to win a cash prize.

Powerball tickets are sold in 43 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

About the Pennsylvania Lottery: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed nearly $23.7 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state.

The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds its players to play responsibly. Players must be 18 or older.

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