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BOISE, Idaho – As the Powerball jackpot soars to $1.5 billion, the second largest in game history, Idaho schools and businesses are benefiting from the increase in participation and game sales.
“Every time someone plays Powerball in Idaho, someone, somewhere is benefiting. Whether it is our public schools, players winning prizes, or retailers earning commissions, every play pays,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.
Wednesday night’s Powerball draw produced two, $100,000 winning tickets in Idaho. One ticket was sold in Ada County, the second was sold in Oneida County along the Idaho-Utah border. The winning numbers for Wednesday night’s draw were 2, 11, 22, 35, 60 and the Powerball number was 23. These two tickets just missed winning the jackpot. They both matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. No winners have come forward to claim either prize.
Overall, Wednesday night’s Powerball produced 24,570 winning tickets in Idaho for a total of $426,376 in prizes.
“Idaho public schools are really seeing the benefit from this Powerball jackpot run,” added Anderson. “In the last week, Powerball alone has generated $1.89 million for the benefit of public education in the Gem State.”
Over the past seven days, the Idaho Lottery estimates revenues from all game sales have generated $2.44 million for public education, with 77% of that being created by Idaho’s favorite game, Powerball.
Local businesses are also benefiting from this historic Powerball jackpot run. In the past week, Idaho Lottery retail locations have earned $283,200 in commissions – just from selling Powerball tickets.
Players have until 7:55 pm MT on Saturday to purchase Powerball tickets for the next draw.
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The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring 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 $5 billion in products, awarded more than $3.1 billion in prizes to players, returned $293 million in retail commissions, and distributed $1.1 billion in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and buildings. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.
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