Powerball Jackpot Hits New Record
Feb. 16, 2006
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Another record lottery jackpot is up for grabs.
With no winner Wednesday, the multistate Powerball jackpot jumped to $365 million for Saturday's drawing, the largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.
The previous record for a U.S. lottery was $363 million in the Big Game, the forerunner of Mega Millions. It was won by two ticket holders in Illinois and Michigan in 2000. The last Powerball record was $340 million, won by an Oregon family in October.
Powerball tickets are sold in 28 states, along with the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On the Net:
Multi-State Lottery Association: http://www.powerball.com/powerball