Powerball Jackpot Hits $425 Million

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday drawing has grown to $425 million after no one won big on Saturday night.

As Powerball fever hits Connecticut, state lottery officials warning people to play responsibly.

"While Lottery games are fun and entertaining, it is important that consumers use good judgment when playing games of chance," Anne Noble, president and CEO of the Connecticut Lottery said in a statement released when the jackpot exceeded $200 million. "The public must be conscious and aware of the risks of problem gambling, and at the Lottery we make it our priority to educate consumers about responsible play."

Powerball is a multi-state lottery and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175.2 million, according to the Powerball Web site.

The largest Powerball jackpot to date is $590.5 million and the winning ticket was sold in Florida on May 18.

There have also been five Powerball jackpot winners in Connecticut since 2003. For information about the CT Lottery, call (860) 713-2700, or visit ctlottery.org.

If you have a problem with gambling, you can call the 24-hour confidential problem gambling helpline at 1-888-789-7777.

Source: NBC Connecticut
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