NYLON – The New York State Lottery is kicking off 2016 with a huge Powerball jackpot of $400 million, up more than $44 million from Saturday.
According to a press release from the New York State Gaming Commission, the increase in the jackpot is due to fever-pitch sales across the country.
“The $44.2 million jump from Saturday’s jackpot is due to brisk sales across all 44 participating Powerball states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” said the New York State Gaming Commission. “If no one matches all five numbers plus the Powerball in Wednesday’s drawing, the jackpot will continue to grow.”
The largest Powerball jackpot across all participating states to date was $590.5 million, won in Florida in May 2013.
For all Lottery games, the New York Lottery urges players to follow this ticket safety checklist:
Check before leaving the store to ensure you have the correct ticket(s) and all corresponding receipts.
Never hand a lottery ticket to anyone without knowing how much it’s worth. (If you have to give a ticket to anyone to assess its value or collect winnings, sign the ticket first and always keep your ticket in view.)
Use the ticket checker now available at all retail locations statewide to determine if you have a winning ticket before handing it to a store clerk for payment.
Check your numbers against the Lottery’s official winning numbers posted at more than 17,500 retail locations statewide, in newspapers and online at nylottery.ny.gov.
Read the back of your ticket(s) to learn about alternative methods for claiming your prize (e.g. visit your regional Lottery customer service center or mail it in). Keep all Lottery tickets in a safe, secure place as the Lottery is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.
All Lottery Instant Game prizes must be claimed within one year from the announced end of game.
All prizes for a Lottery drawing must be claimed within one year from the date of the drawing.
Notify the Lottery immediately if you think your ticket has been mishandled.
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