Tonight's Powerball Jackpot Continues to Climb, But Idaho Lottery Officials Decry Lousy Overall Sales

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The day before one of the largest Powerball jackpots in history, lottery officials told Idaho lawmakers Feb. 6 that they may see a $10 million shortfall in ticket sales during the current fiscal year.

Idaho State Lottery Director Jeff Anderson stood before the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Friday in his annual presentation to the Legislature's budget-writing committee. According to the Associated Press, Anderson said all indications are that his department would not be able to hit this year's target of $220 million in ticket sales. 

But a succession of major jackpots could change some of that. In 2013, Anderson told Boise Weekly, "In the lottery business, we have a saying: drivers drive golf ball; drivers drive buses; jackpots drive lottery sales."

Meanwhile, Saturday's Powerball jackpot has climbed to $380 million-plus, already the sixth largest jackpot in that game's history. The $2 Powerball is played in 43 states, including Idaho; the District of Columbia; Puerto Rico; and the U.S. Virgin Islands.