Friday, August 3, 2012

Powerball Jackpot Climbs To $181 Million

No one won Wednesday night's POWERBALL jackpot which caused the Saturday August 4, 2012 jackpot to climb to an estimated $181 million ($123 million cash value).
No one was power play winner to match 5 of 5 numbers for $2 million.  

Five winners matched 5 of 5 numbers to win $1 million.  Those winners were from Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, South Carolina, and New York.

The overall odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510. 
Since POWERBALL launched in Florida in January 2009, Florida has had the strongest POWERBALL and Power Play sales of any U.S. lottery, exceeding more than $1.4 billion and yielding $557 million in education funding to date.  Additionally, the Florida Lottery has had the most winners in the nation, winning more than $570 million in prizes, including four jackpot winners. 

Florida Lottery retailers who sell a jackpot winning ticket for this drawing will receive a bonus incentive of $80,000.  If there is a jackpot winning ticket sold in Florida and it includes Power Play, the retailer will receive an extra $20,000.  If there is a 5 of 5 winner with Power Play, the retailer will receive $5,000. 
POWERBALL jackpot prizes are paid in 30 annual installments or as a one-time, lump-sum payment. Jackpot prizes must be claimed within the first 60 days after the winning draw to receive the cash option of $134 million. Winners have 180 days from the applicable drawing to claim their prize.