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November 26, 2012

Powerball Jackpot Reaches Largest Ever; Players Reminded to Play Responsibly

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The Powerball jackpot rolled to a new record high - $425 million – for this Wednesday’s drawing.  The jackpot is also the second-largest jackpot ever offered in the United States.
 
“Powerball is back in serious dream territory,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.  “But, we want to remind all of our players to play within their means. In the end, it only takes one ticket to win.”

Reardon noted that Powerball changes made in January have delivered what lottery officials expected: bigger jackpots. 

“Before the changes, the highest Powerball reached was $365 million back in 2006,” said Reardon. “This year alone, the jackpot went to $325 million in February, $320 million in August and now Wednesday’s record of $425 million.”

The Missouri Lottery also reminds players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchase, and keep them in a safe place until they can check them.  Players have until 8:59 p.m. on Wednesday night to buy tickets for this drawing. 

“You have to have at least one ticket to win, but don’t go crazy,” Reardon urged. “The Lottery is about fun and entertainment and raising money for public education. We certainly don’t want anyone spending their rent money on tickets.”

Reardon added to remember to check your tickets carefully after the drawing, since there are nine ways to win a prize in Powerball, ranging from $4 up to the multi-million jackpot. A fact sheet about this historic jackpot is available at MOLottery.com.

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