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SOURCE Pennsylvania Lottery
Powerball Jackpot is $203 Million; Mega Millions is $95 Million
MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Lottery today reminded players that pooling their tickets can be a fun way to play responsibly with nearly $300 million in multi-state game jackpots on the line over the next two nights.
Drawn tonight, the Mega Millions® jackpot offers an estimated $95 million annuity and a $64.7 million cash prize. For Saturday night, the Powerball® jackpot is worth an estimated $203 million annuity and $115.5 million cash.
"Pooling ticket purchases with friends, coworkers or family members is a great way to play responsibly and have fun while chasing the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots," said Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci. "We've introduced downloadable 'Pool Play' forms on our website as a convenience to our players."
Available on www.palottery.com, Pool Play forms for Powerball and Mega Millions may be downloaded in PDF format and printed on a home printer. The forms list the current jackpot level and next draw date, as well as offering space to list the names of up to 30 pool participants.
Pool Play forms are made available to Pennsylvania Lottery players for entertainment purposes and as a convenience. It is not a legally binding document. Game play, ticket ownership, claiming a prize, and win validation are subject to applicable laws, regulations, game rules, and the Pennsylvania Lottery's procedures and policies.
The form is not a substitute for a lottery ticket, may not be used to claim a prize, and will not be accepted as evidence of an entry into any lottery game.
Pool Play group members are solely responsible for the accuracy of the information entered on the form. The estimated jackpot provided on the form is subject to change and does not necessarily reflect the current estimated jackpot.
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 is sold in 43 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
How to Play Mega Millions: Mega Millions tickets cost $1 per play. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 56 and one number from 1 to 46 (the Mega Ball). Players can pick their own numbers or have numbers randomly selected by computer. For an extra $1 per play, players can add the Megaplier. Prior to the Mega Millions drawing, the Megaplier number – ranging from two to four – is randomly selected.
A player who matches five white balls and purchased Megaplier wins $1 million. Other non-jackpot prizes are multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn.
Mega Millions tickets are sold in 43 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays.
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.
Media contact: Gary Miller, 717-702-8008
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