01/03/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/03/2018 18:00
SACRAMENTO - As if the Powerball jackpot frenzy couldn't get any better, the jackpot amount for this evening's draw just went even higher. It climbed another $20 million this morning and is now worth an estimated $460 million!
Let's put that in perspective. This latest increase makes tonight's draw the 7largest Powerball jackpot prize amount in the game's history. Not only that, this updated prize amount goes in the record books as the 10-largest U.S. lottery jackpot prize amount when you factor in both Powerball and Mega Millions® games.
Speaking of which, since no one hit last night's Mega Millions draw, the jackpot prize amount for that game has risen to an estimated $418 million. The next drawing for that game is on Friday. This is the first time in Powerball and Mega Millions game history that both estimated jackpot totals have surpassed the $400 million mark at the same time!
But first things first. Remember, Powerball is played in 44 states (plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PT. The draw closes at 7 p.m., so players must buy their tickets by then. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 22,000 California Lottery retailersor one of the more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky Retailers. Please visit the California Lottery's Powerball site for more information on how to play.
And finally, California's very own big jackpot game, SuperLotto Plus®, has a guaranteed jackpot of $11 million for tonight's draw. All three draw game jackpot amounts are before federal taxes.
Winners are strongly encouraged to sign the back of their ticket in ink, keep it in a safe place and familiarize themselves with the Lottery's Winner's Handbook, which can be found on the California Lottery's website here. Also, very important: Powerball and Mega Millions winners must produce original winning tickets when they claim their prizes.
As jackpots rise, the California Lottery would like to remind players that gambling should be fun. If a player recognizes that they or someone they know has a problem, the Lottery recommends calling the Problem Gambling Help Line at 1-800-GAMBLER. Please play responsibly.
Powerball is a part of the Lottery's continued effort to create more winners and more importantly, earn more money for California public schools!
It is also illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy and play California Lottery games, or to purchase them for an adult, or claim a prize. No exceptions!
The California Lottery is a $6 billion enterprise based in Sacramento. It is one of the few state agencies that is a revenue generator, not accepting taxpayer dollars from the State's General Fund. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. In FY 2016-17, the Lottery created 83 new millionaires. Ninety-five cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.