A growing Powerball Jackpot, estimated at $450 million and adding to an already steady increase in sales, is driving the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's best week since May 2013 and narrowing the gap on proceeds funding Arkansas scholarships.“In just the first eight days of February, they are already up $1.85 million in the instant tickets and $950,000 for the big draw games. Obviously this enormous Powerball Jackpot is getting everyone excited and driving most of our online ticket purchases, and regardless of who wins the Jackpot, it’s a victory for Arkansas college students applying for this year’s Academic Challenge Scholarships" according to ASL Director Bishop Woosley.

If no winner is produced for the $450 million, next week the jackpot amount could be a half-billion dollars.

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The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery provides scholarships to Arkansas residents enrolled in public and private nonprofit two-year and four-year colleges and universities within Arkansas. Since 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has raised over $478 million for scholarships to over 155,000 Arkansas students.