March 21, 2013
Jackpot Reaches $320 Million; Lottery Reminds to Play Responsibly
BOISE, Idaho – With the first weekend of
spring approaching and a $320 million Powerball jackpot for Saturday night,
Idaho retailers are preparing for an increase in player traffic and the Idaho
Lottery is reminding everyone to play responsibly.
“Idaho players have a long history of playing responsibly in
our State,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “Big Powerball jackpots
are a lot of fun and we want to remind everyone that when they do play, to only
spend what they can afford not to go overboard. It does only take one ticket to
When jackpots reach this high, Anderson added that players
do not necessarily buy more opportunities to win, but rather more players –
often in groups – jump into the game for their chance at the jackpot.
“While this is business as usual, we do expect our retail
locations to see an increase in foot traffic over the weekend as sales have
already been brisk,” said Anderson.
The estimated jackpot for Saturday night is currently $320
million, with a one-time cash value of $198.3 million. After income tax withholding, a jackpot
winner Saturday in Idaho could take home slightly over $134,000,000 in
cash. This is the sixth largest
Powerball jackpot in the game’s history.
Powerball tickets are $2 each. Players have until 7:55 PM Mountain Time
Saturday evening to purchase a Powerball ticket for their chance of the $320
million jackpot from one of the nearly 1,200 retail locations that sell Idaho
Lottery products in the Gem State.
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Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM,
and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to
maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund.
Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $2.3 billion in
products, awarded over $1.3 billion in prizes to players, returned more than
$136.5 million in retail commissions, and distributed $552.3 million in Lottery
dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn
more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.