Powerball Jackpot jumps to $400 million


MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The run up to Wednesday's night drawing produced the fourth-largest, $2 million, Powerball jackpot winner, here in South Carolina. Could a $400 million dollar winner be next? In 2011, South Carolina crowned three millionaires.

Powerball has averaged over 500 millionaires each year, since the game changed in 2012. Florida has averaged 93 minted millionaires, and New York is a close second at 92. If we're talking dollar and cents, powerball tickets sales have exceeded $11 billion.

Last week, South Carolina had a $2 million winner in York. The Express Mart in Myrtle Beach sold a $2 million winning ticket in March 2013.

If the jackpot is won in another state, South Carolina could still celebrate with a millionaire. If this happens it will be South Carolina's 20th since the Powerball game changed two years ago, doubling the price to play to $2.

"There is no denying that Powerball has strengthened its brand and players in South Carolina have liked the result," said SC Lottery Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea, who reports brisk ticket sales in South Carolina, a state still reveling in a $399 million jackpot-winning ticket sold in September.

If no one wins Wednesday night's millions, the jackpot will jump even higher for Saturday.

"Big jackpot runs are incredibly exciting as more players enter the game," states SC Lottery Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea. "Even if we don't see one of our own players win a million dollars, we will all benefit for a possible $2 million to $4 million in additional funding for education."

South Carolinians must purchase a $2 Powerball tickets by 9:59 p.m., for Wednesday's 10:59 p.m. drawing. If you win the $400 million jackpot, you will have a cash payout of 227 million.

The odds of winning the jackpot is about 1 in 176 million, so play responsibly.

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