2005-10-19 11:47:06.297

Powerball Players Reminded To Play Responsibly

With the Powerball jackpot up to a record $340 million for tonight’s drawing, the Missouri Lottery is reminding players to play responsibly. "It is important that people play within their means," said Larry Jansen, executive director for the Missouri Lottery. "Lottery games are meant to be fun and entertaining. It only takes $1 to win." Jansen said the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling offers these tips on how to play responsibly:
  • Spend only discretionary dollars;
  • Don’t borrow money to play or play on credit;
  • Remember that all lottery games are based on randomness, and that there is no way to predict the outcome;
  • Don’t play during high-stress times in your life, if you are under legal age, if it interferes with work/family responsibilities, and don?t play to try to make up for prior losses;
  • If you think you or someone you know might have a gambling problem, call 1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633) for free help or visit the Alliance’s Web site at www.888betsoff.org.
Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is the highest jackpot ever offered in Missouri, and the second highest jackpot ever offered in the United States. The highest jackpot in the U.S. was a $363 million ticket sold through the Big Game, which is now Mega Millions.
If a single winner matches all six numbers to win the game’s jackpot prize of $340 million, he or she will receive approximately $11.3 million before taxes each year for the next 30 years, or the winner could take the prize in a lump-sum payment of an estimated $164.4 million.
"If the jackpot gets hit tonight, a player could become a millionaire or near millionaire by matching the five white-ball numbers with the new Match 5 Bonus Prize feature," said Jansen.
The new Match 5 Bonus prize feature kicks in when the jackpot exceeds a previous record and allows prize money to be "paid down" and shared by second-level prize winners on the night the jackpot is hit. For details about the feature, go to molottery.com.
Jansen noted that people who do plan to buy a ticket for the drawing should try to do so early to avoid long lines that occur closer to the drawing. The terminals in Missouri will close at tonight at 8:59 p.m.
"Players should sign the back of their tickets and put them in a safe place," Jansen said. "After the drawing, be sure to check your tickets closely. Even if you don’t win the jackpot, you might have won one of the eight other prizes in the game."
For more information about this Powerball jackpot, go to www.molottery.com.

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