"If this jackpot rolls, the revenue it brings for the areas we support - seniors, education and tourism - is tremendous," she said. "It's very difficult for us to maintain these type of sales unless we do have the large jackpots where people can't help but take the chance to buy a ticket."
Retailers stand to benefit as well.
Orcutt said the high jackpots drive traffic to convenience stores and other locations that sell online lottery games.
"Most people just stay at the pump and pump their gas, but when you see a jackpot amount that large, you typically take that chance of going in to play," she said.
As consumers go inside stores to buy a lottery ticket, they sometimes decide to buy other items.
"We're very happy that this will drive additional business for our retail locations," Orcutt said.
While it is hard to maintain the record pace of sales, Orcutt said the higher jackpots do have positive effects.
She said both multi-state games reflected sales increases between July and October.
"Both Powerball and MegaMillions are up 10 percent and 16 percent respectively from last fiscal year, so the large jackpots do make a difference," she said.
West Virginia has had eight Powerball jackpot winners since the game was introduced in 1992. The most notable was Scott Depot resident Jack Whittaker, who won a $315 million prize in December 2002.
Whittaker used to lay claim to the title of largest jackpot won by one person, but he lost that distinction in August when Michigan resident Donald Lawson won a $337 million Powerball jackpot.
West Virginia officials hope the state can reclaim the record this week.
"We seem to be very lucky to this game, and we're looking forward to the next big jackpot winner here in West Virginia," Orcutt said.
Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.h...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148.