2007-08-22 13:16:47.683

Powerball Jackpot Rises, Players Reminded to Play Responsibly

Powerball is heating up once again with tonight’s estimated jackpot at $245 million, the eighth highest jackpot ever offered in Missouri. "There are basically four things we remind players to do when the jackpot gets high: buy tickets early to avoid long lines, sign the back of the ticket and put it in a safe place, check their tickets after the drawing to make sure they haven’t won any of the nine prizes, and most importantly, always play within their means," said Larry Jansen, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. "It literally only takes $1 to win." Powerball tickets will be sold at retail locations across Missouri until 8:59 p.m. tonight. The multi-state Powerball drawing is held in Des Moines, Iowa, at 9:59 p.m. Central Time. "Missouri tends to be a very lucky state; we’ve sold the second-most jackpot winning tickets of all the Powerball members," Jansen said. "So if you should find that you hold the winning jackpot ticket, be sure the back is signed and put it in a safe place until you can get some advice," said Jansen. "I would tell as few people as possible until you can decide on the best way to claim it; that way you will have time to think clearly." Jansen said a big jackpot winner should call the Lottery’s headquarters for additional information on making the claim. That number is (573) 751-4050. "We want winners to take their time to make the best decisions," Jansen said. "We don’t want them doing anything rash. Winning a huge jackpot brings some major, life-changing decisions." For more information about the Powerball game including a fact sheet about this jackpot, go to molottery.com.

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