Spokesman Neil Watson says you should play within your means.
“It only takes one ticket to win and your odds of winning don’t increase if you buy more tickets,” Watson says. “We just want to make sure everyone remembers to set limits and also spend money that you have set aside for entertainment purposes and, of course, have fun.”
He says the Nebraska Problem Gambling Help Line is available for those who have a compulsive gambling problem. The number is 800-522-4700.
The Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund is one of the beneficiaries of ticket sale proceeds in Nebraska.
The other “guaranteed” winners of this Powerball jackpot are education, the environment, and the state fair.
“What we’ve seen in the past when we’ve had other record jackpots, the ticket sales increase significantly and the transfers we make to the beneficiary funds are also increased,” Watson says. “The next transfer is coming up at the end of March, so I would expect that transfer to be another record transfer.”
The most recent amount handed to the beneficiaries totaled nearly $9 million. Watson says every county in the state has received service from lottery proceeds through the beneficiary funds.
A negative that comes with a large jackpot is the opportunity to be scammed.
“We had one on social media about giving away free million dollar prizes,” Watson says. “The important thing to know is that there’s no way to win a lottery prize, if you haven’t bought a ticket. If you see something online or you get an email that says you’re the winner and you haven’t bought a ticket, that’s a scam.”
Ticket sales stop Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. Central Time.