March 19, 2013

Powerball offering an estimated $260 million jackpot Wednesday night

INDIANAPOLIS – Powerball® is on the rise.  An estimated $260 million is up for grabs in Wednesday night’s drawing.  

Tomorrow night’s potential prize 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. 

In Indiana, players have until 9:58 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday to purchase a ticket for the big drawing. As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from the sale of Powerball tickets in Indiana stays in Indiana to benefit Hoosiers.

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 ticket purchased at Speedway in Richmond in August 2007

2.  $295.7 million claimed by Lucky 13 Trust on ticket purchased at Speedway in Richmond in July 1998 

3.  $221.7 million won by Darin Fox and Todd Reardon on ticket purchased at Clarksville Circle K in Clarksville in April 2011

4.  $165 million claimed by GMTR Investments, LLC on ticket purchased at Circle K in Lawrenceburg in January 2009

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.

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For more information, please contact Betsy Gutierrez at bgutierrez@hoosierlottery.com or 317-264-4852 or Al Larsen at alarsen@hoosierlottery.com or 317-242-8803.

 

Must be 18 or Older to Play. Please Play Responsibly.

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