Powerball Fever Makes Money for Schools

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG --Millions of people are feeling lucky. Saturday night's Powerball jackpot is now 600 million dollars. It's the third largest jackpot in U.S. history but once the tickets are bought, who gets the money?

People all across the nation are writing out their lucky numbers for the 600 million Powerball jackpot.

Nicole Tabor's eyes will be on these tickets during Saturday's drawing.

"Wooooo! That's a lot of money. I know I would take care of my mom and everybody for the rest of their lives. Never have to worry about a thing."

No matter who wins some of the money is already claimed.

"By law, all Virginia profits have to be spent on Virginia K-12 Public schools," said Virginia Lottery spokesmen John Hagerty.

Director of Finance for Harrisonburg city schools D.D. Dawson said, the money it receives from the lottery is important.

"If we didn't have that five million dollars of lottery money that we get every year, there would be programs we would not be able to offer or would be reductions in programs," said Dawson.

The money earned by lottery ticket sales benefit many things. In Virginia, 30-cents of every dollar goes to public schools. 60-cents goes to prize money. Five-cents to the store that sold the ticket. Five-cents for lottery operations.

Dawson said four programs in the district are effected the most by the lottery money.

"The at risk programs, the k-3 primary class size reduction money, special education, and english as a second language," said Dawson.

The Powerball drawing will be Saturday at 11 p.m. You can watch the drawing on WHSV.

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