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Powerball jackpot leaps to stunning $156M for tonight’s drawing

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

ATLANTA – The Powerball jackpot keeps rolling in stunning fashion, briskly surpassing $150 million, with tonight’s drawing at an estimated $156 million to a single annuity winner.

The jackpot began rolling Sept. 21 and has rolled seven times.

One winning Powerball ticket worth $10,000 was sold in College Park from the Oct. 12 drawing.

Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $156 million annuity prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $89 million.

Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Players can add the Power Play feature for an additional $1 per play to increase non-jackpot prize winnings.

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 $14.6 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 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

POWERBALL

Draw Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $156 million

Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $89 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: Sept. 21, 2013

Number of Rolls: 7

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Sept. 18, 2013 - $399 million (South Carolina winner)

#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 - $590.5 million jackpot (Florida 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
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