March 22, 2013
Estimated $320 million up for grabs
in Powerball Saturday night
INDIANAPOLIS – The Powerball® jackpot rolled closer to record territory Wednesday night and now Saturday’s estimated $320 million jackpot is the sixth largest in the history of the game.
Not surprisingly, Powerball sales continue to pick up with each jackpot increase and the current jackpot level is catching the attention of Powerball fans around the state.
In Indiana, players have until 9:58 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday to purchase their shot at the $320 million jackpot.
Indiana leads the nation in Powerball jackpot wins with 38. A Hoosier Lottery player laid claim to the very first Powerball jackpot win in the first Powerball drawing in April 1992, and since then, Hoosier Lottery retailers have gone on to sell jackpot-winning Powerball tickets 37 more times -- more than any other jurisdiction.
Two of the game’s top ten ranking jackpots -- $314.3 million and $295 million -- were also scored in Indiana.
TOP POWERBALL JACKPOTS WON IN INDIANA:
1. $314.3 million won by Coterel-Hiles Family of Dayton, Ohio, on a ticket purchased at Speedway in Richmond in August 2007
2. $295.7 million claimed by Lucky 13 Trust on a ticket purchased at Speedway in Richmond in July 1998
3. $221.7 million won by Darin Fox and Todd Reardon on a ticket purchased at Circle K in Clarksville in April 2011
4. $165 million claimed by GMTR Investments, LLC on a ticket purchased at Circle K in Lawrenceburg in January 2009
Saturday’s jackpot is the largest in the game since last November’s historic $587.5 million run culminated with jackpot winners in Missouri and Arizona. Powerball is now played in 42 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from the sale of Powerball tickets in Indiana stays in Indiana to benefit Hoosiers.
The mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to maximize net income for the state in a socially-responsible manner. In fiscal year 2012, the Hoosier Lottery generated $211 million in surplus revenue which was used to significantly reduce the motor vehicle excise tax for all Hoosier drivers and also supported the pension funds for retired Indiana teachers, police and firefighters. Player prizes for the fiscal year totaled $533 million and $60 million was earned by Indiana retailers on the sale of Hoosier Lottery products.
Since its inception in 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has produced more than $4.2 billion for the citizens of Indiana, $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out more than $8.9 billion in player prizes.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.
For more information, please contact Betsy Gutierrez at email@example.com or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-242-8803.