FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2018
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS(850) 487-7727
COMBINED JACKPOTS REACH NEARLY $1 BILLION THIS WEEK
~Current multi-state Jackpot series has generated $48 million for education~
TALLAHASSEE - Players have a chance to win big this week as America's dueling jackpots, MEGA MILLIONS® and POWERBALL®, continue to climb, reaching a combined total of $999 million. On Friday, the MEGA MILLIONS jackpot rolled to $654 million; the POWERBALL jackpot rolled to $345 million after Saturday night's draw. Florida had more than 279,000 winners from the MEGA MILLIONS and POWERBALL drawings this past weekend.
Players are reminded to sign the back of their tickets at the time of purchase and keep them in a safe place. The integrity of all games is of utmost importance to the Florida Lottery. Even if players don't win the jackpot, they can still claim cash prizes of up to $2 million with POWERBALL and up to $5 million with MEGA MILLIONS.
POWERBALL jackpots start at $40 million and roll until the jackpot is won. Players win by matching the five white ball numbers (1-69) and the red POWERBALL (1-26). There are eight other ways to win non-jackpot prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million or up to $2 million if the ticket includes Power Play. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately one-in-24.87.
MEGA MILLIONS jackpots start at $40 million and roll until the jackpot is won. Players win by matching the five white ball numbers (1-70) and the golden Mega Ball number (1-25). There are eight other ways to win non-jackpot prizes ranging from $2 to $1 million or up to $5 million if the ticket includes Megaplier. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately one-in-24.
Purchase your tickets at any of the more than 13,000 Lottery retailers for your chance to become Florida's newest multi-millionaire. The Florida Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly, as it only takes one ticket to win. As with all Florida Lottery products, players must be 18 years or older to play.
ABOUT MEGA MILLIONS IN FLORIDA
Since joining MEGA MILLIONS in 2013, the game has generated more than $383 million for education, and has awarded more than $617 million in prizes to 42.9 million players.
The next MEGA MILLIONS drawing will be held Tuesday, October 16, at 11:00 p.m. ET, tickets must be purchased by 10:00 p.m. ET to be eligible for this drawing. MEGA MILLIONS drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state. Drawings are also available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website and our official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/floridalottery. Winning numbers are available on the Lottery website, at retailers statewide and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY.
ABOUT POWERBALL IN FLORIDA
Since joining POWERBALL in 2009, the game has generated $1.8 billion in contributions to education statewide. Florida is among the top-selling POWERBALL states in the country, with more than 85.1 million winning tickets totaling more than $2.3 billion in prizes, including 12 jackpot winners. Florida was also one of the three states nationally to have a winner share in the world record-setting $1.586 billion POWERBALL jackpot in January 2016.
The next POWERBALL drawing will be held Wednesday, October 17, at 10:59 p.m. ET, tickets must be purchased by 10:00 p.m. ET to be eligible for this drawing. National POWERBALL drawings are broadcast live, in high-definition, from the Florida Lottery's state of the art draw studio in Tallahassee.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $33 billion to education and sending more than 775,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and contributions to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $56.3 billion in prizes and made more than 2,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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