Sep 26, 2005, 8:54 am
The jackpot in "America's Game" jackpot continues to grow.
Even though the grand prize was not awarded in Saturday's Powerball drawing, one lucky player in Colorado won $1 million with Power Play, plus 698,748 players across the nation won a total of more than $7.2 million in prizes.
Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $148 million.
The cash option for the Wednesday, September 28th drawing will be an estimated $73.4 million.
The numbers drawn Saturday evening were 2, 10, 31, 43, 55 and the Powerball was 14. The Power Play multiplier was 5.
Six players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $200,000. Their winning tickets were purchased in Arizona, Delaware, Missouri (2), New Mexico, and South Carolina. One lucky player in Colorado not only matched the 5 white numbers, but also purchased the Power Play and multiplied their $200,000 prize by 5 for a total win of a cool $1 million cash.
Thirty-six players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000. Three additional winners of that prize category also purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $50,000.
More than 78,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 5 Saturday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you multiply your Powerball winnings 2-5 times, except for the jackpot. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel is spun to select that night's multiplier.
Players should carefully check their tickets after every draw. Even if there are no jackpot winners there are always tens of thousands of winners at other prize levels.
Players purchased more than $28.8 million worth of tickets between Thursday and Saturday night. The lotteries sold approximately 2 billion in Powerball tickets in FY05. That translates into more than $600 million for worthwhile state projects.