MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Strong ticket sales today increased the Powerball® jackpot to a $300 million annuity value, or a $172.7 million cash prize, for the Saturday, Aug. 3, drawing.
The jackpot had rolled to a $290 million annuity value, or $168.4 million cash prize, after the drawing on Wednesday, July 31, produced no jackpot winner.
Tickets for the next Powerball drawing will be available until 9:59 p.m. Saturday evening. The Pennsylvania Lottery advises players to purchase their Powerball tickets early to avoid any last-minute rush and to always play responsibly.
How to play Powerball: Players pay $2 and select five white balls from the first set of 59 numbers plus a single red ball, the Powerball, from a second set of 35 numbers. Players may select their own numbers using a Powerball playslip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks. Players must match all five numbers drawn plus the Powerball number to win the jackpot. There also are eight additional ways for players to win a cash prize.
Powerball tickets are sold in 43 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
About the Pennsylvania Lottery: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception in 1971, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed nearly $23.7 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state.
The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds its players to play responsibly. Players must be 18 or older.
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Media contact: Gary Miller or Lauren Piccolo, 717-702-8008
Editor's Note: For Powerball historic information and jackpot rankings, visit www.powerball.com and select "Press Contacts," then scroll to the bottom of the page and select the link for "Powerball General Information."
SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery