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Massive sales push Powerball lottery jackpot to $250M

PowerballPowerball: Massive sales push Powerball lottery jackpot to $250M

Greater-than-expected sales prompt rare mid-week jackpot increase

The rush to buy tickets for a chance at Wednesday's $245 million Powerball jackpot has pushed the prize to $250 million.

The cash option is an estimated $124.8 million.

The current jackpot run-up began July 1 and has grown to $250 million through 14 consecutive drawings.

To play Powerball, players choose five numbers from 1 to 59 and one Powerball number from 1 to 39. Players can also ask for a "quick pick," a set of numbers chosen by the lottery's gaming system.

Each wager costs $1. Players can purchase wagers for 10 advance drawings in a row.

New Mexico Lottery CEO Tom Romero said the buzz about this exciting jackpot may tempt people to spend more than they should.

"Have fun, but more importantly, play responsibly," Romero said. "People should play within their means."

In addition to the jackpot, there are eight prize levels ranging between $3 and $200,000.

An option called Power Play will multiply a $200,000 Powerball prize into $1 million automatically. Other non-jackpot prizes will be multiplied between two and five times depending on the Power Play number drawn.

Power Play costs an additional $1 per play per drawing.

Powerball drawings take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays and the winning numbers are published within minutes of the drawing at www.usamega.com

Players can also check the Powerball lottery results by clicking their state on the interactive map on Lottery Post's Worldwide Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results).

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GamerMom's avatar - tails

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Posted: August 18, 2009, 3:16 pm - IP Logged

I have a sneaking suspicion someone is going to hit it tomorrow. Just hope they know how to handle it and not end up another David Edwards

 

i will be livid if the winner goes..oh this was my first time playing the lottery Mad

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    Posted: August 18, 2009, 4:15 pm - IP Logged

    David Edwards was going the wrong way before he won the lottery.

    You can buy alot of expensive things if you set limits for yourself !

    I am disabled and I have been planning for a number of years !

    I am now facing possible cancer and could use some good news !

    Dance

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      Posted: August 18, 2009, 5:59 pm - IP Logged

      OMG! $250 million ($93,600,000 cash in PA)... Eek

      I think I'm gonna be crying a river and jumping over and over if I hit it tomorrow night... Hyper White Bounce

      Good luck to us all!!! Party

      "Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire" - Oskar Schindler

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        Posted: August 18, 2009, 6:02 pm - IP Logged

        Twitch LOL @ GamerMom ......

         

        I'm fairly certain my head would explode if someone would claim it was thar first time playing and got that lucky

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          Posted: August 18, 2009, 6:20 pm - IP Logged

          Twitch LOL @ GamerMom ......

           

          I'm fairly certain my head would explode if someone would claim it was thar first time playing and got that lucky

          mine too!!

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            Posted: August 18, 2009, 6:22 pm - IP Logged

            Is it bad that I don't want anyone to win it until Arkansas gets in the game? I mean, I at least want a shot at it.

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              Posted: August 18, 2009, 6:37 pm - IP Logged

              Party

               

              OMG I can't wait for the good news.........I had a dream of millions and I feel it in my blood.

               

              Good luck to all....Powerball and Mega Million winners....

              "Wait eagerly for the Lord, and keep to the way; God wil raise you to possess the land; you will gloat when the wicked are cut off".

                                                                                            Psalms 37:34

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                Posted: August 18, 2009, 7:27 pm - IP Logged

                That is a massive amount of money,I hope who ever wins uses it wisely,If it is me I would give some to shriners hospital for children and of course give some to my family,other than that I would be stunned and live out my life a little better now and never have to worry about money again.Good luck everyone


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                  Posted: August 18, 2009, 8:03 pm - IP Logged

                  I have a sneaking suspicion someone is going to hit it tomorrow. Just hope they know how to handle it and not end up another David Edwards

                   

                  i will be livid if the winner goes..oh this was my first time playing the lottery Mad

                  I was just reading up on David Edwards. I remember watching a show with him on it, living the good life, spending money left and right. I didnt know he lost it all.

                  You have to be a real idiot to go through 29 million dollars in 4 years.

                    GamerMom's avatar - tails

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                    Posted: August 18, 2009, 8:05 pm - IP Logged

                    I was just reading up on David Edwards. I remember watching a show with him on it, living the good life, spending money left and right. I didnt know he lost it all.

                    You have to be a real idiot to go through 29 million dollars in 4 years.

                    I Agree!


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                      Posted: August 19, 2009, 12:26 am - IP Logged

                      People I have 5 lucky pick for the powerball. I regret that I cant play it since I don't live in a state that participate in the powerball. Its up to ya, but something tells me to post here and maybe someone could be the next big jackpot winner. Here it is people.......

                      01,02,13,21,35,42

                      06,14,16,23,27,30

                      07,10,11,28,39,42

                      05,11,13,17,30,40

                      01,10,11,12,26,33

                       

                       

                      May the luck be with all

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                        Posted: August 19, 2009, 1:08 am - IP Logged

                        When the Powerball gets this high......I don't mind sharing with 5 other ticket holders!!! That's a lot of money to go to one or two person(s)/state.

                        Folks only need a million or two to sang that song....if they wanna. Ya'll know the song,"Take this job .....

                        and give it to someone else". Big Smile

                        That would cut down on a lot of that foolish spending.......who am I kidding!

                        Good luck to all that are "in it to win it"!

                        CB

                        "MAKE THAT MONEY YA'LL"

                        wisdom from Tyler Perry's Madea:"It doesn't matter what people call you....it's what you answer to."

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                          Posted: August 19, 2009, 3:02 am - IP Logged

                          I bought a couple of tickets for tonights drawing. Good luck to all those playing! Thumbs Up

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

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                            Posted: August 19, 2009, 11:34 am - IP Logged

                            I bought a $5 QP, but I might run out and get another $10.  That's alot of moola!!  Good luck everyone!