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$360 MILLION: Powerball jackpot raised on huge sales

PowerballPowerball: $360 MILLION: Powerball jackpot raised on huge sales

Now 5th-largest cash value in history

By Todd Northrop

Due to larger than expected sales volume, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) has raised the official Powerball lottery jackpot estimate for Wednesday's drawing to $360 million.

The all-important lump-sum cash value of the jackpot has been raised to $229.2 million — now the 5th-largest cash jackpot ever offered in a United States lottery.

"This jackpot has started a buzz across New Mexico and it's bringing out a flood of people hoping to win big," said Tom Romero, New Mexico Lottery CEO. "We might see ticket sales push the jackpot to an even higher sum before Wednesday night's drawing."

Lottery players seeking to check the winning numbers Wednesday night are urged to use USA Mega (www.usamega.com). State lottery Web sites are normally brought to a standstill during busy periods, while USA Mega normally remains responsive.

Powerball drawing results will be posted immediately after the 10:59 pm drawing at USA Mega. The number of winners and new jackpot will be announced after all participating Powerball states have reported their data, which normally occurs within a couple of hours after the drawing.

Tickets will remain on sale typically until 10:45 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, although players should check with a lottery retailer in their state for the exact sales cutoff time. Players are advised not to wait until the last minute.

The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1 in 175 million. The odds of winning any of the Powerball prizes are approximately 1 in 32.

Powerball tickets cost $2 each.

Lottery players can see an after-tax analysis of the current Powerball jackpot by visiting USA Mega's Jackpot Analysis page.

Powerball features nine different prize levels, ranging from $4 all the way up to the jackpot. Players can win even if they just match one number — the Powerball number.

All states except California also offer the Power Play option for an extra $1 per ticket purchased. The Power Play multiplies any non-jackpot prizes won by a fixed amount, depending on the prize level won.

Players who purchase the Power Play and win second prize will automatically have their prize increased by 2x to $2 million.

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rock_nc's avatar - Lottery-017.jpg
small town USA
United States
Member #2481
October 8, 2003
224 Posts
Posted: May 14, 2013, 12:53 pm - IP Logged

Just rolled out some numbers from my pill bottle! Hope they will be winners! 10 bucks is all I can play! Good Luck to all of you!

    sully16's avatar - sharan
    United States
    Member #81740
    October 28, 2009
    40293 Posts
    Posted: May 14, 2013, 1:10 pm - IP Logged

    Thats Awesome, good luck everyone.Cheers

    Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

    For a lead role in a cage?


                                                From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

      helpmewin's avatar - dandy
      United States
      Member #106665
      February 22, 2011
      19740 Posts
      Posted: May 14, 2013, 1:13 pm - IP Logged

      count me in I Agree! Good Luck everyone Hurray!

      Let it Snow Snowman

        Piaceri's avatar - sarsony1
        Republic of Texas
        United States
        Member #57557
        January 9, 2008
        1095 Posts
        Posted: May 14, 2013, 1:17 pm - IP Logged


        Good luck everybody! You gotta play if you wanna win! White Bounce



          dallascowboyfan's avatar - tiana the-princess-and-the-frog.jpg
          United States
          Member #82391
          November 12, 2009
          6290 Posts
          Posted: May 14, 2013, 1:51 pm - IP Logged

          Woo Hoo BananaHurray!Dance

          I Love Pink & Green 1908

            helpmewin's avatar - dandy
            United States
            Member #106665
            February 22, 2011
            19740 Posts
            Posted: May 14, 2013, 1:56 pm - IP Logged


            Good luck everybody! You gotta play if you wanna win! White Bounce

            I Agree! you can't win if you don't play

            Let it Snow Snowman

              hearsetrax's avatar - 0118

              United States
              Member #52345
              May 21, 2007
              2657 Posts
              Posted: May 14, 2013, 2:16 pm - IP Logged

              Skepticalwhelp ... I just put in my $2

              hope I win Twitch

                United States
                Member #116504
                September 12, 2011
                305 Posts
                Posted: May 14, 2013, 3:05 pm - IP Logged

                All it takes is one ticket to win!

                  United States
                  Member #137156
                  December 28, 2012
                  30 Posts
                  Posted: May 14, 2013, 3:08 pm - IP Logged

                  Time to do the Lotto Dance........Banana Oh Yeah!!!!! May the best numbers win.

                    MadGeniusDude's avatar - 3JPyQBr
                    United States
                    Member #139322
                    February 19, 2013
                    47 Posts
                    Posted: May 14, 2013, 3:22 pm - IP Logged

                    Time to do the Lotto Dance........Banana Oh Yeah!!!!! May the best numbers win.


                      Jill34786's avatar - Lottery-006.jpg
                      Windermere, FL/Franklin, TN
                      United States
                      Member #50210
                      March 1, 2007
                      843 Posts
                      Posted: May 14, 2013, 3:38 pm - IP Logged

                      I find it quite humorous that so many large lottery jackpot winners think it will be just fine to stay in their current home while still working...even if it's only for a few days. A large windfall is life changing, NOTHING will ever be the same. If the winner(s) doesn't take the appropriate steps prior to claiming their prize then they have no one to blame but themselves for the chaos that is now facing them.

                      I don't think it really matters how "close knit" of a community you live in because neighbors and strangers will look at you in a totally different light. Granted if you already reside in a private, heavily guarded community you might be fine but chances are you're not.

                      Prior to claiming your prize, you need to assemble a group of trusted advisors/attorneys to form your trust as well as get you an advance loan to move you and your entire family. No need to pack up the entire house, just take your important documents and anything with sentimental value along with some clothing and LEAVE. You can arrange to have movers come in and take the rest of your belongings to a storage facility.

                      This is just the start. I can't stress enough how critical it is to take at least 3-4 weeks if not more to get everything in order prior to having one of your attorneys claim your prize. If you are insolvent and feel you need to claim your prize as quickly as possible in order to get some funds then you are mistaken. Your payout usually takes at least several weeks for all the participating states to fund the jackpot. One of your advisors and/or attorneys should have no issues getting you a few hundred thousand to keep you afloat until your main payout gets wired into your financial institution.

                      Good luck to whomever wins and I hope it's one of you from LP but please take your time and tell no ONE other than your spouse...this means keeping a secret from your in-laws, neighbors, co-workers, friends and children.

                        United States
                        Member #142532
                        May 14, 2013
                        454 Posts
                        Posted: May 14, 2013, 3:44 pm - IP Logged

                        oooohhhh,yyyeeesss,now that is real money!

                          Grove City,Ohio
                          United States
                          Member #125421
                          March 28, 2012
                          40 Posts
                          Posted: May 14, 2013, 4:21 pm - IP Logged

                          I agree 100% trust no one, I've thinking its going to roll again to $560 for Saturday Night. Be Cautious, PO Box for your mail, and tell no one....Trust and go from there.... Good Luck..

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                            United States
                            Member #93164
                            June 23, 2010
                            1313 Posts
                            Posted: May 14, 2013, 5:13 pm - IP Logged

                            Good luck to the people participating in this game.