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Powerball jackpot soars to reach $650 million

Staff Reports • Updated Aug 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM

NASHVILLE – As the Powerball jackpot continues to climb – currently at $650 million – thousands upon thousands of Tennessee Lottery players won prizes along the way. 

Saturday night’s drawing resulted in 96,127 winning tickets in Tennessee alone, including a $2 million winner in Erin and a $200,000 winner in Memphis. 

The $2 million winner matched five white numbers drawn – just one number shy of a jackpot win – while the $200,000 winner matched four of the five white numbers drawn, plus the red Powerball number. Both players added the “Power Play” option for an extra dollar, which multiplied their winnings. 

The current jackpot is the second largest in Powerball history and the third largest in North American lottery history. Powerball’s record jackpot is $1.586 billion, won by a Tennessee family in Munford and winners in Florida and California in January 2016.

“Players are always excited when a jackpot reaches such an incredible amount. We want to remind people to have fun, but please play responsibly – it only takes one ticket to win,” said Rebecca Hargrove, president and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. “And also, remember to sign your ticket immediately after purchase.”

Powerball is a drawing-style game that has generated an estimated $727.9 million for education in Tennessee. Tennessee has seen six jackpot winners since April 2004. 

In addition to the jackpot, there are eight other prize levels in the game. 

The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products. Since Jan. 20, 2004, the lottery has raised more than $4 billion to fund designated education programs, including after-school programs, college grants and scholarships and the Governor’s Drive to 55 initiatives.

In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $11.5 billion in prizes, and lottery retailers have earned more than $1 billion in retailer commissions.

For more information, visit tnlottery.com.

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