Powerball hits record high 1.3 billion dollars

Powerball hits record high 1.3 billion dollars

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - South Carolina has seen a surge in Powerball ticket sales over the last few weeks, but with no luck. The current jackpot stands at 1.3 billion dollars, the highest it's ever been. The owner of Coastal Petro says many of the customers were buying lottery tickets for the first time due to the record amount of money.

"We bought 3,700 tickets yesterday, day before yesterday. No winner." said one Powerball player.

According to South Carolina Legislation, in order to take part in the lottery, "Proceeds of lottery games must be used to support improvements and enhancements for educational purposes and programs as provided by the General Assembly and that the net proceeds must be used to supplement, not supplant, existing resources."

Since the start of the lottery back in 2002, South Carolina has spent nearly three billion dollars of lottery ticket money on higher education and scholarships, and over eight hundred billion on K through 12 programs.

The next Powerball drawing will be on Wednesday at 10:59 pm here on WMBF and NBC, and those purchasing a ticket are asked to do so one hour before the drawing.

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