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Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $478 Million for Saturday Night

BOISE, Idaho ÔÇô With the Powerball jackpot increasing to an estimated $478 million for Saturday night's draw, the Idaho Lottery is encouraging everybody to play responsibly.

"When there is this much excitement for a draw, we want to remind everyone to only play what they can afford, not to go overboard," said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. "It only takes one ticket to win."

Last night's draw produced 10,000 winning tickets in Idaho for a total of $52,000 in prizes. The Powerball jackpot is now the fifth largest in this game's history.

As the draw gets closer, some retail locations may experience higher than normal volumes of player traffic. Players are advised to plan ahead as there may be lines to purchase tickets.

Players have until 7:55 p.m. MT on Saturday evening to purchase a ticket to participate in this Powerball draw.

The Idaho Lottery also recommends players sign the back of their tickets and keep them in a safe place until claiming their prize.

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ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY
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 $3.1 billion in products, awarded over $1.9 billion in prizes to players, returned $186.5 million in retail commissions, and distributed $744 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

CONTACT: David Workman
(208) 334-2600