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.
“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.
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.