Powerball Grows Again to Record $1.5 Billion Jackpot

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Powerball Fever Hits Central PA With a $550 Million Jackpot

Middletown, Pa. —  The Powerball jackpot for the January 13 drawing was increased today to a world record $1.5 billion annuity value or a $930 million cash prize – thanks to continued ticket sales.

“We encourage players to please play responsibly and remember that you only need one ticket in order to win,” said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko. “If you are planning to play, remember that tickets will be sold in Pennsylvania until 9:59 p.m. on Wednesday evening.”

Before rolling to a $1.3 billion jackpot on Saturday night, Powerball produced hundreds of thousands of winners across Pennsylvania – including a $1 million winner, seven winners of $150,000, numerous $50,000 winners and many more. The jackpot was boosted on Monday to $1.4 billion annuity value or an $868 million cash prize.

In total, more than 914,600 Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball tickets won prizes of various amounts in the January 9 drawing, including 157,205 tickets purchased with the Power Play option that multiplied their prizes by three. See the full January 9 payout listing at palottery.com.

Players are reminded to check every ticket, every time. In Pennsylvania, winners have one year from the drawing date to claim their prizes. Winners cannot be identified until prizes are claimed and tickets are validated.

This jackpot has been rolling since the November 4, 2015, drawing. Since then, in Pennsylvania alone, Powerball has produced a total of more than 2.1 million winners of over $22 million in prizes, including one $2 million winner and three $1 million winners.

Svitko noted that the jackpot run has been good for Powerball players and also the older Pennsylvanians who benefit from Lottery proceeds. Last year, the Pennsylvania Lottery generated over $1 billion to support benefit programs for older adults.

If Wednesday’s jackpot is won by a Pennsylvania player, it would become the state’s 20th multi-state jackpot win. The Pennsylvania Lottery has sold 17 jackpot-winning Powerball tickets and two jackpot-winning Mega Millions tickets.

The largest Powerball prize Pennsylvania has ever awarded was a $110.2 million cash-value jackpot claimed by a New Jersey couple in May, 2004. The state’s largest Powerball group win was a $107.5 million cash jackpot shared by 48 transit workers in the Philadelphia area in April, 2012.

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