2009-08-18 09:39:49.303

Powerball Jackpot Raised to $250 Million

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Due to strong sales, the Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night’s drawing has been increased from an estimated $245 million to an estimated $250 million (a quarter billion dollars), making it the tenth highest Powerball jackpot ever offered.  The cash option is now worth approximately $124.8 million in one payment before taxes.

“In spite of the huge jackpot, we would like to remind players to play responsibly,” said Larry Jansen, executive director for the Missouri Lottery.  “Whether the jackpot is $20 million or $250 million, it only takes $1 to win.”

Players have until 8:59 p.m. Wednesday to purchase Powerball tickets in Missouri.

Of the 32 lotteries that offer Powerball, Missouri is ranked second in terms of Powerball jackpot winners with 25.  The last time someone won a Powerball jackpot in Missouri was Jan. 24, 2007, when the Wilson family of St. Louis claimed a ticket worth $254 million that was purchased at Dierbergs-Southroads, 12420 Tesson Ferry Road in St. Louis.

Eight Missouri Lottery players have won a second-level Powerball prize of $200,000 or more during this run, which started on June 28. 

The Missouri Lottery also reminds players to:

  • Play early to avoid long lines.  The terminals will shut down at 8:59 p.m. Wednesday, and no one will be able to buy tickets after that time.
  •  Play within your means.  It only takes $1 to win.
  •  When you buy a ticket, sign it immediately and keep it in a safe place.  Like money, it is a bearer instrument. 
  • Be sure to check your ticket closely.  Even if you don’t win the jackpot, you may have won one of the eight other prizes in the game.

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