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Powerball and Mega Millions Jackpots Roll to a Combined $740 Million

Washington's Lottery Imagines What Washingtonians Could Do If They Won

On Wednesday, May 15, the Powerball jackpot rolled over to $550 million, which is enough money to take every person in the state of Washington (6.9 million) out to a nice dinner (up to $75). The largest jackpot in Powerball history reached $587.5 million on November 28, 2012, and today's jackpot ranks second highest.

The next drawing will take place this Saturday, May 18, at 8:00 p.m., and Washington's Lottery has imagined what a Washingtonian could do if they won the $550 million jackpot.

  • Buy each resident in Jefferson County (30,050) a brand new jet ski (up to $18,000).
  • Buy VIP summer concert tickets (up to $460) for all of Yakima County (244, 700), Spokane County (472,650), Clark County (428,000), and Douglas County (38,650).
  • Take all of Chelan County (72,700), Snohomish County (717,000), and King County (1,942,600) paragliding over Washington mountains (up to $200).

Additionally, on Tuesday, May 14, the Mega Millions jackpot rolled to $190 Million, which is enough money to buy a ticket to a summer baseball game (up to $27) for every person in the state of Washington (6.9 million). The next drawing will take place on Friday, May 17, at 8:00 p.m. With a total of $740 million in jackpot winnings, Washingtonians can let their imaginations run wild.

To help Washingtonian's magnify the powers of their imaginations, Washington's Lottery created the Group Play App. The Group Play App, which is located on the WA Lottery Facebook page, allows players to collectively play Washington's Lottery games like Powerball and Mega Millions. The team captain can select a team name and crest, and then invite their luckiest friends to play. The app helps people organize their teams, track winnings, and share ideas on a message board about what they'd do with the winnings if they won.

A Washingtonian wouldn't be the only winner if their Powerball or Mega Millions numbers are selected. Washington's Lottery benefits the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, which gives scholarships to local college students. When money like the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpot is won in state, Washington's Lottery can give more scholarship opportunities to students. Additionally, if the Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot winner is from Washington, the retailer that sold the ticket will receive a $50,000 selling bonus. To learn more about Washington's Lottery and to review all up-to-date winning numbers, please visit

Jennifer Carroll
(Curator on behalf of Washington's Lottery)
Office: (206) 454-3703
Cell: (206) 226-5237

Arlen Harris
(Communications, Washington’s Lottery)
Office: (360) 664-4808
Cell: (360) 391-1232