Due to the holiday, the Maryland Lottery office and claim centers will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. They will reopen on Monday, November 30.

Powerball Jackpot Hits Record $425 Million

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Largest Jackpot in History of the Game

Lottery players have a lot to be thankful for, including a record-breaking Powerball jackpot. There was no jackpot winner on Saturday evening, making Wednesday’s drawing worth an estimated $425 million, the largest Powerball jackpot ever. The cash option is $278.3 million. This jackpot has rolled 14 times since early October and, depending on sales, could increase again before Wednesday’s drawing.

Since Powerball began in Maryland, there have been two in-state jackpot winners. On Christmas Eve 2011, a Pennsylvania couple purchased a $128.8 million winning ticket from Wesley’s in Elkton. Just prior to that, in September of the same year, an Abingdon couple took home a $108.8 winning ticket purchased at Wine World in Abingdon. The largest-ever Powerball jackpot, $365 million, was claimed by eight ConAgra Foods co-workers on February 13, 2006 in Nebraska.

The most recent multi-state jackpot win in Maryland took place last March, when the Mega Millions jackpot reached a world-record $656 million. The three winning tickets were purchased in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas. The Maryland ticket, worth $218.6 million, was claimed by three Maryland public education employees.

Powerball drawings can be seen on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 11:22 p.m. on WBAL-TV, Channel 11. The drawings are rebroadcast on Maryland Public Television.

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