Powerball jackpot climbs to $800M

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WFLA) – Powerball jackpot has climbed to estimated $800 million Friday morning, according to the lottery officials. This is the largest jackpot in the history of any lottery game in the US.

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“The excitement is growing tremendously statewide and across the nation for this historic jackpot on Saturday night,” Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie said. “This Powerball jackpot is not only a life-changing opportunity for any person but also, it has allowed the Lottery to generate over $40 million in revenue for Florida students and schools.”

A few Floridians have won more that $6.5 million in prizes, including two $1 million winners in Fort Lauderdale and Dunedin. Robert Manuel Gonzales, 42, of Dunedin, claimed one of the two $1M prizes won in Florida.

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You have until 10 p.m. on Saturday to buy a ticket to be eligible for this drawing, but it’s better to do it earlier to avoid the lines. According to the lottery officials, the peak sales occurred between 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday when the tickets were selling at 25,000 tickets a minute.

Lottery officials said that the Jackpot prizes are paid out in 30 annual installments or as a one-time, lump-sum payment.

 

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