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Powerball jackpot climbs to $173M

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

ATLANTA – Powerball is packing a powerful punch with the jackpot for tonight’s drawing at an estimated $173 million to a single annuity winner.

The Powerball jackpot has been growing since March 24 and has rolled nine times.

Powerball offers two payment options: the jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments or the cash option, which is approximately $107 million.

Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Players can multiply prizes with the Power Play option.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.1 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

POWERBALL FAST FACTS

Draw Date: April 25, 2012

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $173 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $107 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:32
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: March 24, 2012
Number of Rolls: 9
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: March 21, 2012; New Jersey ($41 million)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: $365 million; Feb. 18, 2006; Neb. winner

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp. and Powerball, please visit:

www.galottery.com, www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.powerball.com

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Kimberly Starks
Media Relations Manager

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