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Powerball lottery jackpot reaches $320 million

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 09:40 a.m. HST, Aug 15, 2012



CRANSTON, R.I. >> Rhode Island is looking to extend its lucky streak.

State lottery officials say the jackpot for tonight's Powerball drawing has climbed to $320 million, making it the game's 4th largest jackpot ever.

Rhode Islanders hit big Powerball jackpots twice already this year. An 81-year-old Newport woman won $336.4 million in a February drawing. The day after she came forward to claim her prize, another winning Powerball ticket was sold in the state. A woman in her 50s from Smithfield later claimed that $60 million prize.

Lottery officials say there have been 14 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner since June 27.

A winner who chooses the cash option would get a lump sum payment of $213.3 million.







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bigbud808 wrote:
wish we could have a lottery...sheesh!!!
on August 15,2012 | 10:24AM
sailfish1 wrote:
If Hawaii had the guts to initiate a lottery or join the Powerball system, people in Hawaii would have a chance for this jackpot. Hawaii prefers underground chinatown gambling, cockfights, illegal gambling, and sending money to Las Vegas. Too bad for our underfunded schools where we can't even supply school bus transportation. I guess the Puritans are happy.
on August 15,2012 | 10:24AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
I can just hear all the nay sayers crying out, "Think of the poor families on limited income who would spend their money on the lottery and their keiki would have to go without food or clothing or a roof over their heads."
on August 15,2012 | 11:21AM
olos73 wrote:
But that's the same people who complain about paying higher rates for everything and complaining about higher taxes. That's why people here are poor. Have to shell out more to live here. That's why our schools are in bad condition, roads bad, parks and beach facilities bad, etc., etc., etc. Everybody should be able to choose how they spend "their" money. If you lived across the street from a strip bar, a bar and McDonald's, does that mean you have to go there? No, you go where you want. If people want to use "their" money to gamble, it's up the THEM, not these nay sayers. I bet if you tell these nay sayers how to spend "their" money, they'll tell you it's none of your business. Well, I say to these people, "It's none of YOUR business if I want to use MY money to buy lottery or powerball tickets." The State always saying we don't have money for this, don't have money for that. If we had a lottery or powerball at least the State will have SOME money. It's more than we have now. If these nay sayers don't want to buy tickets, DON'T BUY. They should be happy for the people that DO BUY. At least we're putting money into the State coffer.
on August 15,2012 | 07:49PM
st1d wrote:
just sign up for subscription tickets when you visit a powerball state.
on August 15,2012 | 12:12PM
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