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February 14, 2012

Powerball Run: Three New MO Millionaires, $6.8 Million to MO Public Education

The $336.4 million Powerball jackpot may have been won in Rhode Island Saturday night, but many Missourians – and public education – also benefited from the jackpot run, including three Missouri players who bought tickets worth $1 million.

“The changes made to Powerball a month ago seem to be doing exactly what they intended:  bigger jackpots, better chances and more millionaires,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.  “Thanks to the changes, we’ve made three Missouri millionaires in less than a month.”

The million-dollar Powerball tickets were sold at: Apple Market in Raytown for the Jan. 28 drawing; Schnucks Market in St. Louis for the Feb. 8 drawing; and the most recent, sold for Saturday night’s drawing, at Bee Line Snack Shop in Excelsior Springs.

In addition to the new millionaires, thousands of other players won prizes ranging from $4 to $40,000 during the jackpot run, which started on Dec. 24.

“Powerball sales in Missouri during this run were more than $17.4 million, and $6.8 million of those sales will go to Missouri public education programs,” Reardon said.

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