Arkansas Natural State Jackpot hits record $480,000


The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s Natural State Jackpot reached a record of $480,000 on Tuesday after no one won in Monday night’s drawing, lottery officials said.

The previous record of $430,000 was hit in 2019.

The jackpot starts at $50,000 and increases by $5,000 with each draw until it hits $150,000. After that, the jackpot increases by $10,000 per draw until it is won.

The Arkansas-only jackpot costs $1 to play. Drawings are held at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Ashley McNatt, advertising and marketing director for the lottery, said there was a winning ticket purchased from Monday’s $100,000 Powerball drawing, but the owner of the ticket has not yet claimed the prize money. The winning numbers were 02-20-27-44-51, with a Powerball number of 25. Claims for prizes over $500 must be made at the claim center in Little Rock or by mail.

The lottery’s Mega Millions jackpot is at $247 million for Tuesday’s 10 p.m. drawing, and the Powerball jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing has reached $258 million.

Since 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has raised more than $1.1 billion in scholarship proceeds and awarded more than 675,000 scholarships, according to a news release. The lottery has awarded more than $4 billion in prizes to players, about $349 million in retailer commissions and provided more than $154 million in state and federal tax revenue, officials said.