Powerball Comes to Florida

Floridians, pick your numbers.
Starting today, people in the Sunshine State will be eligible to play Powerball, a multi-state lottery with enormous jackpots.

For a $1 ticket, players pick 5 numbers from 59 white balls and 1 number -- the Powerball number -- from 39 red balls that are selected in two drawings per week. Picking all 6 numbers correctly wins the jackpot. Winning jackpots have averaged $38 million.

In 2006, a winner claimed a record $365 million. Florida's participation will make the jackpots even bigger.

Tickets go on sale today at the same retail outlets that sell
Florida Lottery games.

WTVY will bring you more on this story tonight, on News4 at 10 Sunday.

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