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2002-12-19 10:40:53.0

POWERBALL ESTIMATED AT $215 MILLION

The Powerball jackpot for Saturday night has risen to an estimated $215 million, making it the third largest jackpot ever offered in Missouri.   The cash value of the jackpot is estimated at $116.8 million.

"Right now we are reminding players to play responsibly," said Gary Gonder, director of communications for the Missouri Lottery.  "It only takes $1 to win."

Gonder also said people who do plan to buy a ticket for the drawing should try to do so early to avoid long lines that happen closer to the drawing. 

"The terminals in Missouri will close at 8:59 p.m. on Saturday night," he said.  "I wouldn’t wait until then to buy a ticket."

Players should always sign the back of their ticket and put it in a safe place.

"There are nine prizes you could win in Powerball, so keep your ticket in a safe place and check it after the drawing to see if it is a winner," Gonder said.

(Note to the media:  For more information about this Powerball jackpot, go to molottery.com and click on the fact sheet found in the Media Center.)







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