Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $250 Million for Wednesday’s Drawing (2/8)Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
Saturday’s Powerball drawing produced no top-tier winner, bringing the jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing to an impressive $250 million. The jackpot has been rolling since Christmas Eve when a winning $128 million Powerball ticket was sold in Cecil County. Maryland also had a Powerball jackpot win in September 2011 when a Harford County couple struck it rich to the tune of $108.8 million. In addition, the state has produced 21 $200,000 second-tier winners since it went on sale in Maryland in January 2010, including three with Power Play for $1 million each.
Due to recent enhancements to the game, Powerball jackpots are now getting bigger — faster. Jackpots now start at $40 million and second tier prizes jumped to $1 million. Powerball tickets cost $2 and are available at over 4,200 Maryland Lottery retailers across the state. For an extra dollar per play, players may opt for the Power Play feature, giving them the chance to increase their non-jackpot winnings to $2 million. The changes apply to all 44 states and jurisdictions that offer Powerball.
Powerball drawings can be seen on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 11:22 p.m. on WBAL-TV, Channel 11. The drawings are later rebroadcast on Maryland Public Television.