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Powerball jackpot up to $320 million, players have ‘til Saturday night…

The Powerball jackpot has hit $320 million, and players have until Saturday night to buy a ticket, according to the Idaho Lottery, which is reminding people to “play responsibly.” “Big Powerball jackpots are a lot of fun and we want to remind everyone that when they do play, to only spend what they can afford not to go overboard,” said Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson. “It does only take one ticket to win.” Click below for the Lottery’s full announcement.


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Thursday, March 21, 2013

  

Powerball Jackpot Reaches $320 Million; Lottery Reminds to Play Responsibly

 

BOISE, Idaho – With the first weekend of spring approaching and a $320 million Powerball jackpot for Saturday night, Idaho retailers are preparing for an increase in player traffic and the Idaho Lottery is reminding everyone to play responsibly.

“Idaho players have a long history of playing responsibly in our State,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “Big Powerball jackpots are a lot of fun and we want to remind everyone that when they do play, to only spend what they can afford not to go overboard. It does only take one ticket to win.”

When jackpots reach this high, Anderson added that players do not necessarily buy more opportunities to win, but rather more players – often in groups – jump into the game for their chance at the jackpot.

“While this is business as usual, we do expect our retail locations to see an increase in foot traffic over the weekend as sales have already been brisk,” said Anderson.

The estimated jackpot for Saturday night is currently $320 million, with a one-time cash value of $198.3 million.After income tax withholding, a jackpot winner Saturday in Idaho could take home slightly over $134,000,000 in cash.This is the sixth largest Powerball jackpot in the game’s history.

Powerball tickets are $2 each.Players have until 7:55 PM Mountain Time Saturday evening to purchase a Powerball ticket for their chance of the $320 million jackpot from one of the nearly 1,200 retail locations that sell Idaho Lottery products in the Gem State.

 

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ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $2.3 billion in products, awarded over $1.3 billion in prizes to players, returned more than $136.5 million in retail commissions, and distributed $552.3 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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