PORTLAND, Maine — Maine lottery ticket retailers sold $4.6 million in national Powerball tickets in advance of the Wednesday night drawing that had three winners, in California, Tennessee and Florida.

The Texas Lotto Report, which aggregates sales numbers from all states, reported Maine’s total spending for the $1.6 billion jackpot Wednesday climbed by about $1 million, or about 30 percent, from the $948 million drawing Saturday.

Maine stores sold $3.5 million in Powerball tickets for Saturday’s drawing.

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The figures show that Maine bought about 1.4 tickets per capita, with 1.9 million tickets sold to a total population of 1,328,535.

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More than $3.8 million was spent on tickets and another $818,600 on Power Play options that stand to raise winnings below the top jackpot.

The sales from tickets Wednesday will bring about $230,000 to retailers, who get a 5 percent cut of total sales. Beside the jackpot, there are a number of lower-tier matches that would deliver some money to players, ranging from $4 to $2 million.

Tim Poulin, deputy director of Maine’s Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations, said Thursday that Maine had two $50,000 prize winners, with tickets purchased at Hannaford in Falmouth and a Circle K location in Kittery.

Darren Fishell

Darren is a Portland-based reporter for the Bangor Daily News writing about the Maine economy and business. He's interested in putting economic data in context and finding the stories behind the numbers.