PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - Feb 11, 2015) - The Arizona Lottery announces the Powerball jackpot has been raised to $500 million (half a billion dollars) for tonight's big drawing.

"We are so excited about this massive jackpot," said Karen Bach, director of budget, products, and communications for the Arizona Lottery. "This is the highest Powerball jackpot we have seen in a year!"

Due to the high volume of ticket sales, the jackpot was bumped earlier this morning to $500 million. This is the third largest Powerball jackpot in U.S. history.

Even if players don't win the big jackpot, there are eight other ways to win, with prizes ranging from $4 up to $2 million. In fact, there were more than two million winners in Saturday's Powerball drawing alone. Over the past month, Arizona players have won nearly $3.5 million Powerball cash prizes, including two second prize $1 million dollar winners. The Arizona Lottery advises players to sign their tickets and check them as soon as possible to avoid missing out on any prizes they may have won.

The next Powerball drawing will be held tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 11. Tickets can be purchased at any Arizona Lottery retailer. Players can check their tickets by visiting

Players must be 21 years or older to purchase or redeem tickets. Winners have 180 days from the drawing date to claim their prize at an Arizona Lottery office or by mail. Overall odds vary by game. All sales are final. In accordance with the ADA, these materials may be made available in an alternative format. Gambling Problem? Call 1.800.NEXT STEP (1-800-639-8783). Please Play Responsibly™.

About the Arizona Lottery
The Arizona Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products; it doesn't receive any General Fund dollars from the State. Proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets -- nearly $3.4 million per week, fund a variety of state programs. Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery has paid out more than $5.8 billion in prizes to players, more than $3 billion in net funding to the state and more than $686 million in commissions to retailers. Learn more at

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