FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
POWERBALL® JACKPOT REACHES AN ESTIMATED $212 MILLION
~ More Than $14.6 Million For Education in Florida! ~
TALLAHASSEE - The POWERBALL® jackpot for Saturday's drawing has now reached an estimated $212 million. In addition to the multi-million dollar jackpot, players also have the opportunity to win a variety of lower-tier prizes ranging from $4.00 to $2 million by matching any of the non-jackpot-winning combinations.
"The excitement is growing statewide for Saturday night's jackpot," said Florida Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell. "This POWERBALL jackpot is not only exciting and entertaining, it has enabled the Lottery to generate more than $14.6 million in contributions for Florida students and schools."
As a reminder, players are encouraged to sign the back of their tickets at the time of purchase and keep them in a safe place. Players should also check their tickets carefully because even if they don't win the jackpot, they can still win cash prizes of up to $2 million.
Jackpot prizes are paid in 30 annual installments or as a one-time, lump-sum payment. Winners have 180 days from the applicable drawing to claim their prize. To receive the cash option of an estimated $133.2 million, jackpot prizes must be claimed within 60 days of the drawing.
Players who want the chance to become Florida's 13th POWERBALL jackpot winner can purchase tickets at any of the more than 13,000 authorized Florida Lottery retailers across the state. The Florida Lottery would like to remind all players to play responsibly; it only takes one ticket to win. Like all Florida Lottery products, players must be 18 or older to play.
Saturday night's POWERBALL drawing will be held at 10:59 p.m. ET. Tickets must be purchased by 10:00 p.m. ET to be eligible for this drawing. National POWERBALL drawings are broadcast live, in high-definition, from the Florida Lottery's state of the art draw studio in Tallahassee. Florida Lottery game drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $32 billion to education and sending more than 775,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and contributions to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $56.3 billion in prizes and made more than 2,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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