NASHVILLE - Just when it seemed as if the Powerball game had broken all records, yet another milestone has been set with the current jackpot of $220 million: It’s the first time two consecutive jackpots have surpassed $200 million.
The staggering $220 million jackpot for tomorrow night’s drawing follows the last record-setter of $365 million, won in February by a group of eight third-shift workers at a meat-packing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska.
“We’re having an extraordinary year with all of our games, which is great news for Tennessee,” said Rebecca Paul, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery. “Powerball is more exciting than ever … who knows, maybe another Tennessee player will win the grand prize!”
The last time two big jackpots paired up was in 2003, when consecutive jackpots over $100 million were won.
Since the game’s first drawing on April 22, 1992, POWERBALL has given away an estimated $6.5 billion dollars in jackpot winnings to over 200 instant millionaires. The game also has the distinction of awarding over half of the world’s 20 highest lottery jackpots. The current membership of the multi-state game includes 31 lotteries. Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. CST (10:59 p.m. EST). For more information on Powerball, visit the web at www.powerball.com.
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 www.tnlottery.com. For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit www.collegepaystn.com.
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