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Powerball™ jackpot rolls to a quarter of a billion dollars


CHICAGO - Feb 7, 2012--The Powerball jackpot stands at a quarter of a billion dollars ($250 million) for Wednesday’s drawing, the second time it has crossed the $200-million mark since Powerball was revamped last month. And, with Wednesday’s Lotto jackpot at $8.25 million, players have two greatjackpot games to play.

While no one won Saturday’s $200 million Powerball jackpot, there were over 56,000 winners in Illinois, with players pocketing prizes ranging from $10,000 to $4. During this current run, Illinois Powerball sales totaled over $19.7 million including Power Play sales. Total contributions to the Common School Fund from these sales are an estimated $8.4 million.

Powerball has contributed an estimated $95 million to Illinois’ Common School Fund over the past two years, and has awarded over $66 million in prizes to 5.4 million Illinois winners. Under the new Powerball game that debuted last month, second place winners now win cash prizes of $1,000,000, instead of the previous second-place prize of $200,000.

Wednesday’s Lotto jackpot stands at $8.25 million, a life-changing sum that has for several weeks now caught the attention of savvy Lottery players across Illinois. The “granddaddy” of all jackpot games, Lotto has created more millionaires in Illinois—over 940—than any other game in the Lottery’s 37-year history. Lotto offers consumers extra value, with two chances for only $1, and drawings three days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

As with all lottery games, Powerball and Lotto proceeds benefit the Common School Fund and the Capital Projects Fund. To date, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $17 billion to support education in Illinois.

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About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $17 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as the Capital Projects Fund. Players must be at least 18 years old.