NASHVILLE - Jackpot fever is high in Tennessee! With a Powerball jackpot estimated at $148 million and a Lotto 5 jackpot at nearly one-half million for Wednesday night's drawings, brisk sales will mean additional dollars for education programs in Tennessee.
"With a very large jackpot for our in-state Lotto 5 game and a Powerball jackpot of nearly $150 million, Lottery excitement is high throughout the state, which means additional dollars for the education programs we fund." said Rebecca Paul, CEO and President of the Tennessee Lottery.
Not only is the Powerball jackpot high, but recent changes to the game now give players a chance to win a second prize of up to $1 million, which occurred after Saturday night's drawing for a player in Colorado. Here's how it works: The second prize level, which is won if a player matches the numbers on five of five white balls drawn, has grown from $100,000 to $200,000. With the Power Play option, which costs an additional $1 per play, the $200,000 prize will be multiplied from 2 to 5 times, depending on which multiplier is drawn that night.
Since the game changes took place on August 29, two Tennessee players have won $200,000 by matching five of five white ball numbers. (They did not select the Power Play.)
Please visit www.tnlottery.com and click on “winning numbers” for complete detailed charts on the Lotto 5 drawing.
Lotto 5 drawings are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 10:34 p.m. CST (11:34 p.m. EST); Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. CST (10:59 p.m. EST). Drawings are held every night at 6:28 p.m. CST (7:28 p.m. EST) for the Tennessee Lottery’s other two online games, CASH 3 and CASH 4.
The Tennessee Lottery began selling its first tickets on January 20, 2004. As of June 30, 2005, the Lottery had raised more than $359 million to fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs. For more information, please visit www.tnlottery.com. For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit www.collegepaystn.com.
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