FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
POWERBALL® JACKPOT GROWS TO ESTIMATED $349 MILLION
~ More Than $27 Million Will Go To Education! ~
TALLAHASSEE - The POWERBALL® jackpot continues to climb to an estimated $349 million for Saturday night's draw; the largest in the nation. In addition to the large POWERBALL jackpot prize, players have the opportunity to win lower-tier prizes from $4 to $2 million by matching any of the non-jackpot-winning combinations. The POWERBALL jackpot has rolled 17 times since the December 21, 2016, drawing and those sales have generated more than $27.4 million in contributions to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).
"We are thrilled that the POWERBALL jackpot continues to rise," said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie. "A prize of this magnitude is life-changing for the winner, and allows the Lottery to play a direct role in funding education for Florida's students."
Jackpot prizes are paid in 30 annual installments or as a one-time, lump-sum payment. Jackpot prizes must be claimed within 60 days after the draw to receive the cash option of an estimated $189.3 million. Winners have 180 days from the applicable drawing to claim their prize.
As a reminder, players are encouraged to sign the back of their tickets at the time of purchase and keep them in a safe place. Players should also check their tickets carefully because even if they don't win the jackpot, they can still win cash prizes of up $2 million.
Purchase your tickets at any of the more than 13,000 authorized Lottery retailers for your chance to become Florida?s newest multi-millionaire. The Florida Lottery would like to remind all players to please play responsibly, as it only takes one ticket to win. As with all Lottery products, players must be 18 years of age or older to purchase POWERBALL tickets.
The next POWERBALL drawing will be held Saturday, February 18, 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 POWERBALL IN FLORIDAFlorida is among the top-selling POWERBALL states in the country, exceeding more than $3.9 billion in sales, yielding $1.6 billion in education funding to date. Since POWERBALL launched in Florida in January 2009, the Florida Lottery has had the most winners in the nation with more than 71.5 million winning tickets totaling more than $2.2 billion in prizes, including 12 jackpot winners.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $30 billion to education and sending more than 750,000 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 $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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