Powerball fever helps benefit Ohio schools

Tickets (AP file)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)– Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot has spiked again, hitting $1.4 Billion before noon Monday. It is the biggest lottery jackpot in history.

The higher that jackpot gets, the more people play and that means more Powerball sales to benefit Ohio’s schools. For every $2 ticket you buy about 25 percent of that stays right here in Ohio to benefit your kids.

“It’s two dollars… I’d spend my money on something else,” says Shannon Smith.

Two dollars for a chance to be a billionaire and a sure bet for Ohio’s schools. Shannon Smith is one of millions grabbing a chance at the Powerball Jackpot.

As of Monday morning Ohio’s ticket sales for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing had already reached $3.1 Million. That’s roughly $775,000 for Ohio’s schools in just over a day.

Since November 4, the last time somebody won, Ohio has sold $61.6 Million in Powerball tickets. That means about $15.4 Million for the schools.

Smith feels pretty good about the extra karma. “If I’m supposed to win it, I’m going to win it,” she says.

Ohio’s lottery retailers also benefit from all of those extra sales. Since this Jackpot cycle started back in November Ohio’s 10,000 plus lottery retailers have split almost $3.4 Million.

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