Powerball™ Jackpot Rises To $325 Million
The largest cash jackpot in the history of US Lotteries
|For Immediate Release||Contact: Liz Leonard (312) 368-5823|
CHICAGO - Feb 9, 2012— With record sales for Saturday’s drawing of Powerball, the jackpot has now swelled to $325 million with a cash value of $203 million. This is the largest cash jackpot of any U.S. Lottery game. After taxes a lucky winner will take home $142 million. If the Powerball jackpot rolls Saturday night, Lottery officials project a jackpot of $415 million for Wednesday’s drawing – the largest jackpot in U.S. history.
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $18 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto at www.illinoislottery.com. Players must be at least 18 years old.