POWERBALL JACKPOT SOARS TO $260 MILLION

POWERBALL JACKPOT SOARS TO $260 MILLION

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DENVER, March 19, 2013 – The jackpot for tomorrow night's multi-state Powerball drawing is up to $260 million! The winning ticket will be worth an estimated $161.1 million in cash. 

How long would it take to count $260 million dollars? Well, counting one dollar per second, eight hours per day, seven days per week, it would take a little over a month to count to one million. So it would take approximately 21.7 years to count $260 million dollars!

This is the highest Powerball jackpot since the historic, record-breaking $579.9 million jackpot last November. 

Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:59 p.m. MST. Powerball is a multi-state game with a starting jackpot of $40 million and other prizes ranging from $4 to $2 million. To play, consumers choose five numbers from 1 to 59 and one Powerball number from 1 to 35. Players that match five numbers and the Powerball win the jackpot. Players can also opt to spend an extra $1 for a Power Play option, which turns a $1 million prize into a $2 million prize if they match five numbers without the Powerball. The Power Play option also increases the lower-tier prize amounts, for example a $4 prize for matching just the Powerball number becomes a $12 prize with the Power Play option. To see a Powerball payout table, visit http://www.coloradolottery.com/GAMES/POWERBALL/.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – Mega Millions, Cash 5, Scratch, Lotto and Powerball - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned more than $2.4 billion to the state of Colorado since it was established. Through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Lottery has provided funding for new trails, precious open space and wildlife protection. For more information, visit www.coloradolottery.com.

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March 19, 2013
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