Powerball Jackpot rises to $250 million

The Powerball Jackpot is now $250 million, which could mean an early Christmas for someone in South Carolina.

"We hope a South Carolinian will be the one to stop this jackpot run," said the Lottery's Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea. "A $250 million jackpot is fun for our players, but we encourage everyone to please, above all else, play responsibly."

The odds of winning the jackpot are about 1 in 176 million.

For a chance at Wednesday night's $250 million jackpot, with a cash option of $166 million, South Carolinians must purchase Powerball tickets by 9:59 p.m. for the 10:59 p.m. drawing.

Powerball tickets cost $2 and are available at lottery retailers statewide.

For an extra dollar, players may purchase the PowerPlay option to increase non-jackpot prizes by a set amount.


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