Sep 29, 2005, 9:30 am
The jackpot in "America's Game" has reached its highest level in four months.
Even though the Powerball lottery jackpot was not awarded Wednesday evening, 773,100 players across the nation won a total of more than $6.8 million in prizes.
Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $167 million.
The cash option for the Saturday, October 1st drawing will be an estimated $83.1 million.
The numbers drawn Wednesday night were 7, 22, 27, 48, 50 and the Powerball was 17. The Power Play multiplier was 2.
Eight players in the states of Connecticut (2), Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico (2), Pennsylvania, and South Carolina matched all 5 white balls and won $200,000. Two additional winners at this prize level also purchased the Power Play option for a total win of $400,000.
Forty-eight players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000. Four additional players who won at this prize level also purchased the Power Play and had their $10,000 winnings multiplied by 2 to $20,000.
More than 86,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prizes by 2 Wednesday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you multiply your Powerball winnings from 2 to 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 $31 million in tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.
The lotteries sold more than $2 billion in Powerball tickets in FY05. That translates into more than $600 million for worthwhile state projects.
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