POWERBALL JACKPOT GROWS TO $216 MILLION

POWERBALL JACKPOT GROWS TO $216 MILLION

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DENVER, March 15, 2013 – The jackpot for Saturday night's multi-state Powerball drawing is up to $216 million! The winning ticket will be worth an estimated $132.8 million in cash. 

So just how much money is $216 million? To put it in perspective the following celebrities are worth $200 million (according to http://www.celebritynetworth.com/list/top-50-actors/):

  • Will Smith
  • Harrison Ford
  • Ryan Seacrest
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Dr. Phil
  • Victoria Principal

This is the highest Powerball jackpot since February, when the jackpot was $217.2 million. The highest Powerball jackpot ever was $579.9 million 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 gives players a chance to win $2 million on the match 5 prize and increases the lower-tier prize amounts.

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 State Parks, 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 15, 2013
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