No more crossing state lines to for a chance to win the mega bucks.
Powerball and Mega Millions have generated $17.6 billion since their inception. State lottery officials predict the new game will bring an additional $54 million a year for state, schools and capital projects, according to an Illinois Lottery release.
“Here in Illinois, we are estimating an additional $54 million annually in net proceeds from the sale of this game to benefit Illinois,” acting Lottery Superintendent Jodie Winnett told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Plus, retailers will have the potential for even more sales commissions.”
Drawings for Powerball will be held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m. Central Time, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, with a starting jackpot of $20 million. Tickets may be purchased until 8:30 p.m. on the night of the drawing.