Hoosier Lottery celebrates 25 years of Powerball

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 17, 2017) Hoosier Lottery is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Powerball with a thank you to players. 25 Years Powerball logoIndiana was the first state with a Powerball jackpot winner. To date, Hoosier Lottery has the most Powerball jackpot winners, with 39 Powerball jackpot hits in 25 years. To celebrate, Hoosier Lottery is giving away Powerball tickets at select retailers on Wednesday, April 19. Beginning at 3:25 p.m. local time, the first 25 people to purchase a Powerball ticket at the specific retailers can draw a ball from a bag. Each ball will be numbered 1-25, and the drawn number will be the number of free Powerball tickets the person receives. One person at each location will receive 25 free Powerball tickets! The participating retailers are:

  • Hoosier Lottery Headquarters, 1302 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Discount Food & Gas, 5750 25th St., Columbus, Indiana
  • Edco of Evansville, 2505 Stringtown Road, Evansville, Indiana
  • 7-Eleven, 25960 County Road 20, Elkhart, Indiana

Powerball history
Ticket sales for Powerball began April 19, 1992. The first Powerball drawing was on April 22, 1992, which is when a Hoosier from Brazil won $5,989,205. When Powerball began, there were 15 participating lotteries, including Hoosier Lottery. Twenty-five years later, 47 lotteries sell Powerball, including 44 states, Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In 1992, the starting jackpot for Powerball was $2 million. Today, the starting jackpot is $40 million. Powerball by the numbers
Fun facts about Powerball:

  • Most commonly-drawn white ball numbers: 32, 16, 41, 40, 49
  • Most commonly-drawn Powerball numbers: 20, 2, 6
  • Largest Powerball jackpot: $1.586 billion on Jan. 13, 2016
  • Largest Powerball jackpot won in Indiana: $435.3 million on Feb. 22, 2017
  • Number of winners on the first Powerball drawing: 108,600

Overall Odds for Powerball are 1 in 25. Click here to download the Hoosier Lottery Mobile App. Click here for high-resolution images. ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million annually to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million annually to the Teachers' Retirement Fund. In the fiscal year 2015, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $182.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Download Hoosier Lottery logos here.

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