The recent Powerball jackpot, the second-largest at $1.765 billion, may have found its winner in California, but New York wasn’t left behind.
The state saw a surge in ticket sales as the jackpot grew, accumulating to $189 million. From this, New York’s K-12 public schools will directly benefit from $66.1 million.
Additionally, state Lottery retailers earned commissions amounting to $11.3 million from Powerball sales. Brian O’Dwyer, the Gaming Commission Chair, highlighted the Lottery’s dual role, stating, “Every dollar spent playing the New York Lottery benefits New York’s schools and lottery retailers… the New York Lottery continues to provide both responsible entertainment for millions of players and a consistent revenue stream to better our state.”
During this Powerball period, from July 22 to October 11, New Yorkers clinched prizes amounting to $14.2 million, with winnings ranging from $50,000 to $2 million.
As North America’s leading and most lucrative Lottery, the New York Lottery contributed a hefty $3.7 billion in Lottery Aid to Education for the fiscal year 2022-2023. Committed to responsible gaming, the New York Lottery reminds players to seek assistance for gambling-related issues through NYProblemGamblingHelp.org or the state’s confidential HOPEline.
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