The sales period for the next drawing would then coincide with the opening of the West Virginia State Fair in Lewisburg. The lottery sets up a remote sales booth at the fair, which is heavily trafficked during the event.
"The State Fair is a big sales time for us," Burnside said. "It becomes the largest Lottery retailer in the state during the weeks of the fair is going on."
Burnside said a new record-high Powerball jackpot coinciding with the State Fair could result in a frenetic surge of sales at the Lottery's remote operations tent at the fairgrounds near Lewisburg.
According to Multi-State Lottery Association data, Powerball has recorded more than $8 billion in ticket sales since the game was converted to its $2 ticket format last January.
The new format was designed to produce higher jackpots with even more winners. While the odds hitting the jackpot are 1 in more than 175 million, the overall odds of winning any prize on a given ticket are just 1 in 32.
Since the $2 version of the game started on Jan. 18, 2012, 25 people have won the Powerball jackpot; 16 in 2012 and 9 so far in 2013.
The game has also created another 767 new millionaires in that time, 655 people have won the $1 million prize while another 112 have won $2 million by playing the additional $1 Power Play option.
Burnside said the number of millionaires would go up by one if the person who bought a $1 million winning ticket in Beckley ahead of the March 16 drawing would come forward and collect their prize.
In March, Lottery officials announced a million-dollar Powerball ticket had been sold at the Little General convenience store at 3604 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley. But as of Tuesday, no one had yet to come forward to collect the prize.
Burnside said tickets expire 180 days after the drawing date, so the winner has until Sept. 12 to come forward.
"If it goes unclaimed. . .then that money goes into the unclaimed prize fund, which we return to players through our second chance prize fund," Burnside said.
He said even if no one hits the jackpot Wednesday, anyone who bought a ticket should go back and check to see if they won a smaller amount.
"If you think you didn't win the jackpot, you should still go to a retailer and scan your ticket just to see if you maybe hit $100 or $10,000," he said. "Always check your tickets, and do it sooner rather than later."
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