May 12, 2005
$111 Million Powerball Jackpot Up For Grabs!
The excitement is rising along with the jackpot in Powerball! Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday’s drawing, the jackpot will grow to an estimated $111 million for Saturday’s draw.
If a single winner can match all six numbers to win the game’s jackpot prize of $111 million on Saturday night, he or she will receive approximately $3.7 million before taxes each year for the next 30 years, or take the prize in one lump-sum payment of $62.4 million.
With the Powerball jackpot on the rise, the Missouri Lottery is reminding players to play responsibly.
"We want to be sure players play within their means," said Jim Scroggins, executive director for the Missouri Lottery. "It only takes $1 to play."
Scroggins noted that people who do plan to buy a ticket for the drawing should try to do so early to avoid long lines that happen closer to the drawing. The terminals in Missouri will close at 8:59 p.m. on Wednesday night.
"Players should sign the back of their tickets and put them in a safe place," Scroggins said. "Then, be sure to check them closely; even if you don’t win the jackpot, you might have won one of the eight other prizes in the game.