May 22, 2013 – With the Powerball jackpot estimate jumping quickly from $360 to $600 million between the May 15 and May 18 drawings, the Oregon Lottery saw its fifth highest week ever in sales.
Sales for the week of May 12-18 were $27.1 million, $6.8 million of that total came from Powerball ticket sales.
That $6.8 million was the third highest week of Powerball sales Oregon has seen since it helped create the Multi-State Lottery Association, and Powerball, in September 1987.
Although the jackpot winner wasn’t an Oregon native, Powerball players in the state won a combined $523,263 in prizes, according to a KTVZ news report.
One Oregon player won $40,000 and four people bought $10,000 tickets for the May 18 drawing, but nobody won a $1 million prize.
After a small-town Florida player won the jackpot May 18, the Powerball jackpot reset to $40 million, kicking off Oregon’s newest lottery promotion, a buy one, get one free deal for Powerball players.
Large jackpots like last Saturday’s $590.5 million draw often create ticket-buying frenzies, which drive revenues for state lotteries, in turn benefiting citizens.
In Oregon, “those revenues are used…in public schools, job creations, state parks, and watersheds,” Lottery Director Larry Niswender told KZTV news.