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Powerball Contributions Go To Good Causes in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 8, 2013) -  After twelve successive drawings without a jackpot winner, Powerball was hit on the 13th draw of the run for $448 million in the states of New Jersey and Minnesota. After final sales were calculated, the estimated $425 million drawing ended up coming in at $448 million.
Three winning tickets matched all six numbers in the August 7 drawing.  The lucky winners will be laying claim to, and splitting, the third biggest Powerball jackpot in the history of the game.
The $448 million winning numbers are: 5-25-30-58-59 PB: 32.
Even though the jackpot went to other states, Hoosiers will want to check their tickets carefully because Powerball players in Indiana won approximately $818,000 in prizes from $4 to $10,000 on 84,470 winning tickets in last night's drawing. Throughout the course of the 13-draw run, Hoosiers won $3.72 million in Powerball prizes from $4 to $10,000 on approximately 290,000 prize-winning tickets.  
Cash in winners' pockets is only one of the ways a near-record Powerball run benefits the Hoosier state.  
"Powerball fever is good for Indiana businesses. The buzz and excitement of huge jackpots drive foot traffic and cash sales at Hoosier Lottery retailers," said Connie Laverty O'Connor CEO of Business Operations for the Hoosier Lottery.  "This is a revenue boost for approximately 4,000 Hoosier retailers around the state, many of whom are small businesses."   
Hoosier Lottery retailers sold $5.9 million in Powerball sales in the four days leading up to Wednesday night's $448 million drawing, a jackpot level which saw sales about five times as high as a typical $40 million starting jackpot. In the course of the 13-draw run, since June 23, players in Indiana spent $19.9 million on a shot at the jackpot. 
"With sky-high jackpots like this, everybody wins. Increased sales mean increased profits to good causes in Indiana," said Laverty O'Connor.
Like all Hoosier Lottery sales, profits from the sale of Powerball in Indiana stay in Indiana where they are allocated to support Hoosier firefighters', police and teachers pension funds and to reduce Hoosiers' vehicle excise tax, which saves Hoosiers about 50 percent on their license plate costs annually.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play.  Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.  
ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to Police and Firefighters' Pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. The remainder of Lottery income is contributed to the State and helps reduce excise taxes by 50 percent for every Hoosier vehicle owner.
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