UPDATE: Kansas Powerball Sales Increase to $3.62 Million

Kansas Lottery players are getting excited about tonight’s record-breaking $550 million Powerball jackpot and ticket sales are climbing!

Total Powerball sales in Kansas have now reached $3.624 million, with several hours left for players to purchase tickets. The cut-off for purchasing tickets is 8:59 p.m., with the drawing being conducted at 9:59 p.m. Kansas time.

If a Kansas ticket were the single winning ticket in tonight’s drawing, and the ticket holder chose the cash lump sum, the winner would receive a check for approximately $252 million, after paying approximately $18 million in state taxes (5 percent) and $90 million in federal taxes (25 percent).

The jackpot isn’t the only prize up for grabs in tonight’s Powerball drawing. In addition to the record jackpot prize, hundreds of thousands of players will win secondary prizes at cash levels ranging from $4 to $1-million, or $12 to $2-million if the winning player has purchased the Power Play option.

While large jackpots generate excitement, the Kansas Lottery reminds players to play responsibly and not spend beyond their means. Players must be 18 years of age or older to purchase lottery tickets.