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Lottery jackpots approach combined $1-million-dollars

The Arkansas Scholarship Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are approaching a combined $1 million dollars. The Mega Millions jackpot for this Friday’s drawing is $548 million, which is the third largest jackpot in Mega Millions history. The Powerball jackpot is at $314 million.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said these jackpots are good for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery because sales go increase. “The Mega Millions jackpot is the third highest it’s ever been, Powerball obviously, I think hit 1.6 billion sometime back in 2015 so it’s got a way to go, but you do not very often see both of them this high at the same time. That’s very unusual. It’s good for us obviously because sales pick up quite a bit and we hope either we get a winner in Arkansas or they roll for a little while,” said Woosley.

According to Woosley a Mega Millions player won $177 million dollars last April, and that there are also several new instant win games for people to play as well. “We’ve got a nice new set of games out right now. We’ve got a great $5 ticket, Black and Gold, and then we have our third generation of our big ticket. More or less, it’s an oversized ticket. They just came out last week and are doing well and obviously there are 20 to 30 instant games to choice from. Anyone who wants a 1 or a 2 or a 3, a 5, a 10, a 20 can go out and buy a ticket of their choice, but we’ve got some nice games out there right now,” said Woosley.

Lottery retailers can be found by visiting the website, MyArkansasLottery.com or look for the street talker displays. “Just about every convenience store or grocery store here in Arkansas sells them. We have something we call Street Talker, and it’s a sign that’s out front that says ‘Play Here’ so anytime you are driving by a c-store or something like that you’ll generally see that out front and you’ll know that that’s an Arkansas retailer,” said Woosley.

The Lottery has contributed over $781 million to fund more than 300,000 college scholarships according to Woosley. He said proceeds for scholarships increase when sales increase due to large jackpots. “Before we existed there was about 20-million a year in general revenue that went towards scholarships and that 85 or 90 we raise a year goes right on top of that so it’s had a pretty huge impact on the state,” said Woosley.

To apply for a Lottery Scholarship, visit the Arkansas Department of Higher Education website. “The easiest way to apply is to go to the Arkansas Department of Higher Eds website, it’s adeg.edu. There’s a link on there that’s for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, otherwise known as the Lottery Scholarship and if students or parents click on that it is a universal form. You can apply for just about every scholarship that you would be eligible for. It will take you through the process and of course you have to fill out a few forms and they will tell you whether or not you are eligible and you go from there. The deadline is now June 15,” said Woosley.

Visit MyArkansasLottery.com to check winning numbers or to find a Lottery retailer near you.

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