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Thursday, May 16, 2013
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Powerball officials have increased an already staggering jackpot from $475 MILLION to $550 MILLION for Saturday’s drawing. Sales were skyrocketing around the country as people join the excitement of a chance to win such an incredible prize.

The Tennessee Lottery encourages responsible play and reminds players to sign their ticket immediately after purchase. Tickets for the big drawing must be purchased no later than 8:59 p.m. CT/9:59 p.m. ET on Saturday.

This jackpot is the second largest in Powerball game history. The previous top Powerball prize was $587.5 million, won Nov. 29, 2012 and split between winners in Missouri and Arizona. The biggest U.S. lottery payout was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot won in March 2012 and shared by three winning tickets in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.

Powerball is played in 45 lottery jurisdictions (43 states plus Washington DC and US Virgin Islands).Playing Powerball is easy! Just select any five numbers from 1 to 59 and one POWERBALL number from 1 to 35, or choose Quick Pick (QP) and let the computer randomly pick any or all of your numbers. If you match any of the nine winning number combinations - you win!

Powerball drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights. Please note that broadcast times on any of the Lottery’s partner television networks may vary.

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 $5.3 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 $2.6 billion for these programs. In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won over $6 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $659 million in retailer commissions.

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For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit For a county-by-county breakdown of the number of students who benefit, visit

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