June 21, 2013 – Excitement is ramping up now that we’ve started another Powerball run. The jackpot cleared $100 million to start the week and kept climbing to sit at $127 million ahead of Saturday’s drawing, so go get your tickets!
There were three new millionaires made across the country in the past week’s Powerball drawings. One player from Missouri won the second-tier prize Saturday, and a Florida and California player each matched all 5 white balls Wednesday.
None of the three opted for the extra $1 PowerPlay, so they’ll have to make do with $1 million instead of $2 million, but they probably aren’t complaining.
Dreaming of sports cars, mansions and sheets made of hundred-dollar bills, we decided to take a look at the odds of the Powerball jackpot surviving through the $100 millions and climbing past $200 or even $300 million.
While the most scientific answer anyone can give about whether someone will score the jackpot this weekend is “well, maybe,” the game’s history over the past few years tells us we’ll probably all lose tomorrow night.
In fact, the last time anybody won a jackpot between $100 and $200 million was April 2012, yet seven jackpots since then have climbed past $200 million, and four of those kept going past the $300 million.
A big jackpot run is nearing record territory “across the pond” as well – the Euromillions draw game, played in 13 European countries – sits at £141 million, about $217.7 million in U.S. money.
This week brought big news from behind-the-scenes of the lottery as well. Lottery officials in Iowa released information that they’d brought in record profits in the past year.
Their report tallied $80.4 million in profits, just a half-million short of their 2006 record of $80.9 million – a gap they expect to close easily in the last weeks of the fiscal year, which ends June 30.
Things are not so good further south, however, as Arkansas Lottery officials told students in the state that scholarship amounts offered by the lottery would shrink, and the scholarships would grow year-by-year for students who maintained high marks.
In New York this week, lawmakers reached an agreement that would allow four casinos to be built in parts of the state where tourism dollars could significantly help local economies. New York voters will have the final say this fall.
The agreement sparked the ages-old arguments between the economic benefits and social impacts of gambling, and polls conducted in the state show that New Yorkers are split more-or-less evenly on the issue.
And finally in industry news, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are cracking down on lottery jackpot winners who continue to collect financial aid from the federal government through food stamps and welfare programs.
A few exciting promotions from state lotteries came out this week that are very exciting, like the Missouri Lottery’s new “1-Off” wager type, which makes it a little more right to be just a bit wrong when choosing your numbers.
They’re giving away free money and free tickets in Missouri for the next three weeks or so, to help players get used to the idea that the perfect match isn’t everything when it comes to their Pick 3 and Pick 4 draw games.
In Washington, the Lottery has teamed up with the Seattle Mariners to name one lucky winner “Fan of the Year” by the end of August, and that fan will win a four-day trip to the Mariners’ spring training in Peoria, Ariz.
And my personal favorite of the week, the Georgia Lottery is offering tickets to Impact Wrestling through a second-chance promotion.
Never seen pro boxers, wrestlers, MMA-ers, etc. battle it out in the ring? Go. Or, better yet, win your tickets to the show with the Georgia Lottery – the experience is worth the trip, and you’ll be a fan before the final bell for sure.
Oh, and you may have noticed Wednesday morning that the Featured Articles on the site were suddenly in Spanish. We didn’t move, but we are moving up, and are thrilled to announce that LotteryHUB News can offer Spanish versions of our articles to make it easier for all lottery fans to stay up-to-date on their favorite games and lottery news.
It was a busy week in the lottery world, thanks for catching up with the LotteryHUB News Weekly Review