NDIANAPOLIS - Excitement is building for Hoosier Lottery players as the next two nights bring back-to-back jackpot drawings that, together, feature more than half-a-billion dollars in top-prize possibilities.
Tonight's Mega Millions drawing offers an estimated jackpot of $170 million while tomorrow's night's Powerball jackpot currently sits at an estimated $350 million. This marks the first time Mega Millions and Powerball have cracked the $150 million and $300 million marks, respectively, at the same time since Indiana began offering Mega Millions more than three years ago.
Players have until 10:44 p.m. (Eastern) tonight to pick up a $1 Mega Millions ticket at their favorite Hoosier Lottery retailer. The sales cut-off time for tomorrow night's Powerball drawing is 9:58 p.m. (Eastern). A Powerball ticket costs just $2.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly.
The mission of the Hoosier Lottery is to maximize net income for the state in a socially-responsible manner. In fiscal year 2012, the Hoosier Lottery generated $211 million in surplus revenue which was used to significantly reduce the motor vehicle excise tax for all Hoosier drivers and also supported the pension funds for retired Indiana teachers, police and firefighters. Player prizes for the fiscal year totaled $533 million and $60 million was earned by Indiana retailers on the sale of Hoosier Lottery products.
Since its inception in 1989, the Hoosier Lottery has produced more than $4.2 billion for the citizens of Indiana, $1 billion in commissions and bonuses for participating Indiana retailers, and has paid out more than $8.9 billion in player prizes.