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Powerball at $425M, Lotto at $47M

Eleven weeks after reaching a record jackpot of $590.5 million, Powerball is creeping up there again -- and so is the Florida Lotto, thanks to a record-breaking dry spell.

 The current jackpot for tonight's Powerball drawing is at an estimated $425 million, the fourth highest in U.S. lottery history. The Florida Lotto is up to $45 million.

 Powerball tickets cost $2, Florida Lotto is $1.

 For an extra $1, players can add Power Play to their wager.  Power Play multiplies non-jackpot prizes with an automatic prize of $2 million for matching the five white balls.

  The quote from the Powerball press release: “The noise of a Powerball jackpot climbing to $425 million will grab people’s attention in every city and town across the country and bring them out to play,” said Tom Romero, chairman of the Multi-State Lottery Association’s Powerball Group and CEO of the New Mexico Lottery.  “More importantly, the revenue from their ticket purchases will empower many worthy causes to accomplish even greater things on behalf of the communities they serve.”

   Meanwhile, the Florida Lotto jackpot has not been hit since the April 20, 2013, resulting in 30 jackpot rollovers – the most rolls ever in the history of the game. Players can can add XTRA for $1 more per play to multiply non-jackpot winnings by up to five times.

   Jackpot prizes are paid in 30 annual installments or as a one-time, lump-sum payment. Jackpot prizes must be claimed within 60 days after the draw to receive the cash option. Winners have 180 days from the applicable drawing to claim their prize.

  Powerball is played in 45 U.S. lotteries. Powerball jackpots start at $40 million and roll until won. Jackpots are won by matching the five white ball numbers (1-59) and the red Powerball number (1-35). In addition to the jackpot, there are eight ways to win with prizes ranging from $4 to $2 million, lottery officials note. 

 The drawings are at 11 tonight and aired on WPLG-Ch. 10.

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