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Washington Senate passes Powerball bill

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Senate has passed a bill that would let the state join the multi-state Powerball lottery game.

The bill passed on a 35-12 vote Tuesday and now goes to the House for consideration.

Washington state already participates in the "Mega Millions" multistate lottery game. Currently, 30 other states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have Powerball.

State lottery officials estimate that sales from the Powerball game would be $13 million in 2010, $28.2 million in 2011 and $35.3 million in 2015.

Powerball states get to keep half of the ticket sale revenues generated for the game in their state. The other half goes toward prize money, including the top jackpot, which starts at $15 million but goes up with each drawing without a winner.

Thanks to chasingadream for the tip.

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Posted: April 17, 2009, 1:05 am - IP Logged

The Washington state Senate has passed a bill that would let the state join the multi-state Powerball lottery game.

The bill passed on a 35-12 vote Tuesday and now goes to the House for consideration.

Washington state already participates in the "Mega Millions" multistate lottery game. Currently, 30 other states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have Powerball.

State lottery officials estimate that sales from the Powerball game would be $13 million in 2010, $28.2 million in 2011 and $35.3 million in 2015.

Powerball states get to keep half of the ticket sale revenues generated for the game in their state. The other half goes toward prize money, including the top jackpot, which starts at $15 million but goes up with each drawing without a winner.

Thanks to chasingadream for the tip.

Powerball starts at $20 million since it moved to Florida,not $15 million.

    ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
    Idaho
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    Posted: April 17, 2009, 1:13 am - IP Logged

    If this passes, I am sure we will see more states adding both PB and MM to their line-up. Thumbs Up

    "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

      starchild_45's avatar - spherewall2
      kent, washington
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      Posted: April 17, 2009, 10:19 pm - IP Logged

      well it looks like my campaign to keep powerball out of my state is a losing matter. i did send messages to all my state representatives but the cast hungry legislators are going to pass it anyway. oh well. it sucks to be me.