The Powerball jackpot is now in record territory, estimated at $600 million for Saturday night’s drawing, with a cash value estimated at $376.9 million. The previous record jackpot was $587.5 million on November 28, 2012, which was won by a Missouri couple and an Arizona player.
“The one message we cannot stress enough is for people to play responsibly,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director for the Missouri Lottery. “We do not want people spending money they don’t have on tickets. These games are for fun and entertainment only, and we want players to keep this top of mind.”
Reardon noted that players should also sign the back of their tickets when they purchase them and keep them in a safe place until they can check them.
“I am sure there will be long lines at some retail locations,” Reardon said. “So you will want to get a ticket early, before the Draw Game terminals turn off at a minute before 9 on Saturday night.”
Reardon added that if you should find that you hold a winning jackpot ticket Saturday night, go to the “Claim Prizes” section at MOLottery.com to read about what to do “If You Win a Jackpot.”
“We want winners to take their time when they win,” said Reardon. “They will have many important decisions to make. With these huge jackpots, it is best not to tell everyone right away, so you have uninterrupted time to get professional financial and tax advice, to decide the best way to claim and to make other important decisions.”