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Friday, January 8, 2016
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NASHVILLE - Powerball officials have once again increased the jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing to a gargantuan $800 MILLION.

“This historic Powerball run has players across the country excited to join the fun, driving sales and the jackpot upward, all of which is a tremendous boost for the education programs funded by the Lottery,” said Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery.

With such an incredible jackpot amount, players are advised to beat the rush and get their tickets early. And remember, it only takes one ticket to win. Tickets must be purchased no later than Saturday 8:59 p.m. CT/9:59 p.m. ET for Saturday’s record drawing.

In addition to the jackpot, there are eight other prize levels that players can win with prizes ranging from $4 up to $2 million. With the TN Lottery Mobile app and in-store ticket checkers, players can easily check their tickets to see if they have won a prize.

Powerball is a popular drawing-style lottery game played in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To play Powerball just select any five numbers from 1 to 69 and one POWERBALL number from 1 to 26, or choose Quick Pick (QP) and let the computer randomly pick any or all of your numbers. Overall odds to win a prize are 1 in 24.9. Odds to win the jackpot are approximately 1 in 292 million.

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. Since January 20, 2004, the Lottery has raised more than $3.5 billion for designated education programs to fund college grants and scholarships, a variety of after-school programs and the new Tennessee Promise initiative.

In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $8.7 billion in prizes and Lottery retailer partners have earned more than $896 million in retailer commissions. For additional information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Have Fun. Play Responsibly.

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