LITTLE ROCK— Arkansans hoping to claim the $758 million Powerball jackpot spent almost $3.8 million in the three days leading up to Wednesday night’s drawing, according to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. Wednesday Powerball sales alone brought in almost $2.8 million.
A hospital worker from Massachusetts was the sole winner of the prize making it the largest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history.
“Arkansans, like players all over the country, got really excited by the prospects of winning this large prize and they showed up at our retailers in huge numbers,” said Bishop Woosley, executive director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. “The big winners in all of this are students in Arkansas who will receive funding for their educational pursuits.”
Of the three-day total, approximately $1.6 million will go into the fund that provides college scholarships for students at every public and private college, university and two-year technical school in Arkansas.
Arkansas participates in the multi-state draw games Powerball, Mega Millions and Lucky for Life, as well as Natural State Jackpot, a draw game exclusive to Arkansas with drawings six nights per week.