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$365 MILLION JACKPOT SHATTERS RECORD!Tell us what you would do with that kind of prize!
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Media Contact:  Rachel Petrie
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NASHVILLE —“What would you do with $365 million??” The question is on the minds of millions of Powerball players across the nation, including those in Tennessee, as the news spreads about the staggering $365 million, record-breaking jackpot created after last night’s drawing.

“This incredible prize is great news for players and even better news for education in the state of Tennessee,” said CEO and President Rebecca Paul. “More people joining in the fun means more dollars for the education programs we fund.”

The Tennessee Lottery wants to know what players would do with a $365 million prize. Visit our website at, click on the Contact Us button, and send us an email … we’ll feature some of your ideas on our website.

“Let us know what you’re thinking…We want to hear from you!” said Paul.

The $365 million jackpot is an all-time high for the Powerball game. The previous record was a $340 million jackpot won by a player in Oregon on October 19, 2005.

The new record also means that the Powerball “Share the Winnings” feature will begin for the second time ever. This addition to the game is designed to increase prizes for players who match 5 white numbers correctly by using a new pool of dollars.

Here’s how it works:

*Now that the previous record Powerball jackpot has been surpassed, the “Share the Winnings” feature sets jackpot growth to no more than $25 million per draw. Any additional funds that would go into the grand prize pool above the $25 million will be placed into a BONUS Prize Pool that will be divided equally among any 5 of 5 prize winners of the drawing in which the jackpot is hit.

*Check for the latest information on the size of the growing BONUS Prize Pool.

*Winning Match 5 players who played Power Play will win $200,000 multiplied by the selected multiplier. The BONUS prize will then be added to this total. The BONUS prize is not multiplied by the Power Play option.

*The BONUS Prize Pool grows until the jackpot is won. The BONUS Prize Pool grows just as the primary jackpot pool rolls and is paid out only when there is a jackpot winner.

*Players who match 5 white ball numbers for that drawing still win $200,000 or $200,000 times the Power Play number if the player purchased that option.

Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. CST (10:59 p.m. EST). In addition to Powerball, Lotto 5 drawings are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 10:34 p.m. CST (11:34 p.m. EST). Drawings are held every night at 6:28 p.m. CST (7:28 p.m. EST) and at midday at 12:28 p.m. CST (1:28 p.m. EST) Monday through Saturday for the Tennessee Lottery’s other two online games, CASH 3 and CASH 4. Watch for all drawings on official Tennessee Lottery television stations throughout the state.

The Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets on January 20, 2004. As of Dec. 31, 2005, the Lottery has raised more than $487 million to fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs. For more information, please visit For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit

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