BOISE – Powerball fever continues to growth as the jackpot for Saturday’s drawing is now an estimated $320 million.
This after no one won the $261.6 million top prize in Wednesday's drawing. It marked the 12th consecutive draw without a jackpot winner.
The numbers selected Wednesday were 13, 14, 17, 43 and 54. The Powerball was 15.
Tickets sold in Ohio, Florida and Kentucky matched five numbers but not the Powerball and are worth $1 million each before taxes.
Idaho Lottery officials expect the $320 million prize will fuel an increase in player traffic at lottery retailers around the state. They are urging everyone to play responsibly.
“Idaho players have a long history of playing responsibly in our state,” said Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson. “Big Powerball jackpots are a lot of fun and we want to remind everyone that when they do play, to only spend what they can afford not to go overboard. It does only take one ticket to win.”
When jackpots get this big, Anderson says players often buy tickets in groups for their opportunity at the jackpot.
“While this is business as usual, we do expect our retail locations to see an increase in foot traffic over the weekend as sales have already been brisk,” said Anderson.
The estimated jackpot for Saturday night is currently $320 million, with a one-time cash value of $198.3 million. After income tax withholding, a jackpot winner in Idaho could take home slightly over $134 million in cash. This is the sixth largest Powerball jackpot in the game’s history.
Powerball tickets are $2 each. Players have until 7:55 p.m. MT Saturday to buy a Powerball ticket.
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