CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It was a winning week for the West Virginia Lottery, as the recording-breaking Powerball jackpot that reached $590.5 million on Saturday also fueled record sales in the state.

“For West Virginia, we actually had a record week of sales for the Powerball game at about $4.6 million dollars,” said, Nikki Orcutt, the West Virginia Lottery marketing director.

For Saturday’s drawing alone, 1.5 million Powerball tickets were sold in West Virginia, adding up to $3.3 million in sales.

The lone winning ticket was purchased in Florida, and there were no $1 million prize winners from West Virginia either. But Orcutt said that doesn’t mean West Virginians lost out.

“We did have some higher-tier prize winners,” Orcutt said. “We paid out almost two million dollars in prizes.”

The Powerball jackpots have been going up, up and up since last year’s change raises the ticket price from $1 to $2. It’s created much larger jackpots, and Orcutt projected those big paydays will just keep coming.

“We definitely anticipate within the next six months that we could possibly have another half-billion dollar jackpot.”

In fact, Orcutt said she wouldn’t be surprised to see a jackpot reach the billion-dollar mark in the near future.

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  • john

    Wouldn't it make more sense, and would probably sell even more tickets, if the payout was 6 winners at 100 million dollars each, or better yet, 60 winners at 10 million dollars each! Who in the world would need 600 million dollars when 10 million would serve the average person just fine...Oh well, with my luck it doesn't matter one way or the other. (Ha)

  • BigDave

    Why not buy one to win 75 million then?


  • Brent

    No big dave I think most people probably think why not buy a ticket to win half a billion dollars. But thanks for the negativity!

  • BigDave

    I always get a laugh when these huge jackpots bring out everyone. Do they think their chances improve with a higher jackpot? Or do they think something along the lines of, "Last time the jackpot was only 75 million dollars. Meh. This time, it's 600 million. Now I can live off of 600 million dollars!"

  • Jeremy 5958

    False hope