NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Lottery is encouraging those who want a chance to win tonight’s whopping Powerball jackpot of $220 million to avoid the rush and not to wait until the last minute to purchase a ticket. Tickets for tonight’s drawing must be purchased by 8:59 p.m. CT/9:50 p.m. ET.
“When a jackpot gets this high, interest elevates and sales rise very quickly, which is a tremendous boost for the education programs we fund,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery. “That said, we encourage players to get their tickets early, have fun and play responsibly. It only takes one to win and this is quite a jackpot."
Powerball's top prize is $220 million paid in 30 yearly payments, or $118.8 million cash. That cash total is the biggest in more than a year, eclipsing the $111.7 million won by two southern Indiana coworkers in April. (That drawing's annuity prize was a fraction higher at $221.7 million.)
And, while Powerball’s top prize generates the most attention, there are eight other prize levels that range from $3 up to $1 million.
Powerball drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. Central Standard Time, 10:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. For more information, visit www.powerball.com.
Powerball is owned by the Multi-State Lottery Association which is a government-benefit, non-profit association owned and operated by 33 member lotteries. MUSL currently coordinates six multi-state games in the United States.
About the Tennessee Education Lottery
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Net proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets, currently averaging over $5 million per week, fund specific education programs, including college scholarships and after-school programs.
Since the Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $2 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won $4.6 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned $509 million in retailer commissions.
For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com. For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit www.collegepaystn.com. To see a county-by-county breakdown of the number of students who benefit, visit www.seehowitaddsup.com.
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