America’s Best Known, Most Popular Lottery Game Coming to Oklahoma
Oklahoma City (January 6, 2006) - When the Oklahoma Lottery adds Powerball to its mix of games, it will become the 30th U.S. lottery jurisdiction to sell the game since Powerball’s April 1992 debut. That figure is exactly double the number of original Powerball member states.
America’s best known and most popular lottery game is now sold in 27 states, as well as in the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball tickets go on sale in Oklahoma on January 12, with the first drawing to be held Saturday evening, January 14. The addition of Oklahoma means Powerball will now be available to 94 million people or nearly one-third of the current estimated U.S. population.
“Oklahomans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Powerball and now it’s almost here,” said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery. “Powerball offers an exciting new game choice for our players and our retailers and is the logical extension to our existing product mix that already features instant scratch-off games and Pick 3.”
In its nearly 14-year history, Powerball has become a household name on a global scale. Its worldwide recognition is due primarily to the game’s multimillion dollar jackpots, which are offered twice weekly. The jackpot hit an all-time record high of $340 million in early November.
Although mega-jackpots are the key reason players are attracted to Powerball, this multi-jurisdiction game also offers players opportunities to win one of eight other cash prizes, ranging from $3 to $200,000. The overall odds of winning a prize in the games are better than 1 in 37 and jackpots start at $15 million.
Players win by choosing and matching numbers from two separate drawing drums. In the first drum, there are 55 white balls, numbered 1 to 55. A second drum contains red balls, numbered 1 to 42. Players can win one of nine different prizes by selecting five numbers, each from 1 to 55, plus a sixth number from 1 to 42 - the Powerball. The jackpot is won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball. If no one matches all six numbers, the jackpot continues to grow.
Powerball also offers a special feature known as Power Play. For an additional one dollar, this feature allows winners to multiply their original prize amounts by 2,3,4 or 5 times (does not include the jackpot). Players must choose the Power Play option when they buy their Powerball tickets, and then the ticket must match one of the non-jackpot prizes before the multiplier takes effect.
Powerball tickets cost $1 for a single play for one drawing. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday night at 9:59 p.m. CST. Beginning January 14, Powerball drawings will be telecast live on the lottery’s drawing stations - KOKH-Fox and KOCB-WB in Oklahoma City, and on KWBT-WB in Tulsa.
Like the Pick 3 game, Powerball results will be printed daily in newspapers throughout the state and will be available immediately after each drawing on the lottery’s official website at www.lottery.ok.gov.
In fiscal year 2005, the 29 member Powerball lotteries sold more than $2 billion in Powerball tickets. That translates into more than $600 million for worthwhile state projects.
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