Lottery Jackpots Offer A Lot of Green for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend
The luck of the Irish could come into play this St. Patrick’s Day weekend as $800 million is up for grabs in the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s Mega Millions and Powerball drawings. The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight’s drawing stands at $345 million, and the Powerball jackpot is up to $455 million for tomorrow night’s drawing.
According to a press release, "This is the fourth time the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots have topped $300 million simultaneously, according to Bishop Woosley, director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.
“Neither the Powerball nor the Mega Millions jackpot has been won since the first week of January this year,” Woosley said. “The Mega Millions jackpot is the ninth-largest in the game’s history. The $455 million Powerball jackpot is the eighth largest in its history.”
Woosley said even if a player doesn’t win the jackpot, he has a chance to be a big winner. Just since January the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has awarded $150,000 Powerball winners in Pine Bluff and Newport; a $100,000 winner in Mountain Home, and $50,000 winners in Fort Smith, Gould, Marianna, Centerton and Hardy.
Since the Lottery began in Arkansas in 2009, 13 players have won $1 million or more on Powerball and six players have won $1 million or more playing Mega Millions.
“We have winners every day,” Woosley said. “We recently launched a new advertising campaign entitled ‘This Is Winning’ that features real Arkansans who have won with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. This includes big and small Lottery winners as well as students who have been awarded college scholarships.”
He pointed out that the Lottery also pays millions of dollars in tax collections that help improve and sustain the quality of life for all Arkansas.
“Our biggest winners are all the students who have received scholarships to attend college,” Woosley said. “Every Lottery game Arkansans buy helps fund scholarships, and our goal is to maximize those proceeds.”
About the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions, and other expenses in Arkansas. Since 2009, the Lottery has provided more than $744 million for more than 275,000 college scholarships, $2.5 billion in prizes to players, about $215 million in retailer commissions and approximately $113 million state and federal tax revenue.