Powerball Jackpot Climbs To $320M - WSPA.com

Powerball Jackpot Climbs To $320M

Posted: Updated:
The already bloated jackpot grew even fatter following Wednesday's drawing, leaving a cash payout of $198 million. The already bloated jackpot grew even fatter following Wednesday's drawing, leaving a cash payout of $198 million.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -

$320 Million – That's where Saturday night's Powerball jackpot sits, making it the fifth largest in game history.

The already bloated jackpot grew even fatter following Wednesday's drawing, leaving a cash payout of $198 million.

Lottery officials say they're experiencing increased ticket sales due to the soaring number.

"When we post a jackpot of this magnitude, it gets attention. Those that don't play very often decide to take a chance and many first-time players enter the game," said the Lottery's Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea. "As always, we encourage everyone to please, above all else, play responsibly."

In case you're wondering, the chance of winning is a long-shot at around 1 in 176 million.

The last time a jackpot winning ticket was sold in South Carolina was in August of 2009, when Solomon Jackson Jr. won $259 million.

Tickets cost $2 each.  Will you be playing?  If so, how many tickets will you purchase?  What would you do with the money if you won?  Leave a comment below and join the conversation.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • NC Apple Festival Returns To Hendersonville

    NC Apple Festival Returns To Hendersonville

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-08-29 23:47:10 GMT
    The NC Apple Festival runs from Friday to Monday and officials say more than 225,000 people attended last year.The NC Apple Festival runs from Friday to Monday and officials say more than 225,000 people attended last year.

    Local farmers are celebrating a bountiful apple harvest this Labor Day weekend.

    Local farmers are celebrating a bountiful apple harvest this Labor Day weekend.

  • Spartanburg Man Arrested For 2nd Time, Burglary Arrest

    Spartanburg Man Arrested For 2nd Time, Burglary Arrest

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-08-29 23:14:57 GMT
    Spartanburg County deputies say they arrested Romel Alfaro,  same man arrested they say for assaulting 3 women on August 17th. Photo Courtesy: Spartanburg County Sheriff's OfficeSpartanburg County deputies say they arrested Romel Alfaro, same man arrested they say for assaulting 3 women on August 17th. Photo Courtesy: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office
    Spartanburg County deputies say they've arrested the same man they say they booked for assaulting three women on August 17th.
    Spartanburg County deputies say they've arrested the same man they say they booked for assaulting three women on August 17th.

  • High School Friday Night - Week 1

    High School Friday Night - Week 1

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:00:59 GMT
    Week one of High School Friday Night and Sports Xtra is upon us with the Christ Church Cavaliers trying to set a state record for consecutive wins when they take on visiting Abbeville tonight.
    Week one of High School Friday Night and Sports Xtra is upon us with the Christ Church Cavaliers trying to set a state record for consecutive wins when they take on visiting Abbeville tonight.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.