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Ticket buyers spend $12.5M on Powerball in Oregon last week

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The crowds rushing to buy Powerball tickets in Oregon last week pushed Oregon Lottery sales to their highest ever weekly totals.

According to Oregon Lottery officials, sales from Sunday, January 3 to Saturday, January 9 topped $36.4 million, with over $12.5 million in Powerball sales. Last week’s sales crushed the previous weekly sales record of $28 million set in 2006.

As the jackpot grew, sales skyrocketed. On Wednesday, the day the jackpot reached $524 million, Powerball sales hit $1.9 million. That number more than doubled Saturday when sales for the $950 million jackpot were $4.9 million.

State lottery officials said weekly sales have grown with the winnings. When the current jackpot began in November, ticket sales for the week were only $418,000.

The other large multi-state lottery, Mega Millions, was largely overshadowed by the record Powerball prize, only seeing $647,000 in sales despite having a $165 million jackpot for Friday’s drawing.

Even though there were no big winners for Saturday’s drawing in Oregon, the state itself was able to cash in. With multi-state lotteries like Powerball, half of ticket sales go to the jackpot and half goes to the state, meaning around $6.25 million will be headed to state programs.

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