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Powerball enhancements set for Wednesday with $131M jackpot

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ATLANTA – Beginning Wednesday, Powerball players can multiply non-jackpot winnings with an enhanced Power Play option. The new Power Play option debuts as the jackpot reaches an estimated $131 million to a single annuity winner for tonight’s drawing.

Powerball tickets will remain $2 per play, and the Power Play option still is an additional $1 per play.

Purchasing the Power Play option allows players to increase prizes depending on the Power Play number drawn.

A separate drawing will be performed to select the Power Play number, ranging from two to five. The number selected multiplies prizes won except the jackpot and the second prize.

The second prize will remain at $1 million for players who match the first five winning numbers and $2 million for players who select the Power Play option.

Tonight’s Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $131 million annuity prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $73 million.

The Powerball jackpot began rolling Dec. 28 and has rolled seven times.

Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tickets are sold in 43 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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 $15 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 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

 

POWERBALL

Draw Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $131 million

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

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $73 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: Dec. 28, 2013

Number of Rolls: 7

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Dec. 25, 2013 - $71.5 million (Missouri 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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