No Winner In Vatican Powerball Lottery; Jackpot Now Estimated 700 Million Indulgences

January 7, 2016 by  
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The largest jackpot in Vatican history — now an estimated 700 million indulgences – will be up for grabs in Saturday night’s drawing after no one produced the combination of 40, 33, 12, 10, 3 and the Powerball of 7 to win Wednesday night’s 524 million indulgence jackpot.

The jackpot would have had an estimated value of about 157,200 “days” off purgatory, according to the Vatican’s Powerball website. The final “take-home” amount depends on an individual’s state in life, Malinda Totti, the executive director of the Vatican Lottery, told EOTT.

The largest Vatican indulgence jackpot to date was won in three countries in April 2012, when the Mega Millions Rosaries drawing reached a whopping 656 million rosaries said on behalf of the winners.

In the past 13 years, 16 Indulgence Powerball winners have either bought their tickets in Malta or the Philippines, more than any other countries.

Winners are advised to sign the lottery ticket as soon as they get the chance. A baptismal certificate and proof of confirmation, along with the signed ticket, are required to claim the indulgences.

Totti went on to caution winners about the temptation of abusing their new-found spiritual wealth, saying that some past winners have squandered their extra-sacramental remission of temporal punishment within just a few years after winning.