TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The jackpot in this weekend's Florida Lotto game is reaching its highest level in 12 years.
Lottery officials reported Friday that the jackpot for the Saturday drawing had reached $54 million. That's the highest total since September 2001.
The jackpot has reached that total because no one has been able to match all six numbers since the April 24 drawing.
Florida Lotto is the state's flagship lottery game that has been around since 1988. But it has been eclipsed in popularity in recent years by multi-state games such as Powerball.
Jackpot prizes are paid in 30 annual installments or as a one-time, lump-sum payment. Jackpot winners have 60 days after the draw to select the lump-sum payment option. Winners must claim their prizes within 180 days from the applicable drawing.