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Powerball lottery jackpot reaches $205 million

Oct 6, 2005, 1:54 pm

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Third player in three weeks wins $1 million Power Play prize

The jackpot in "America's Game" is breaking into new levels capturing the attention of players around the country.

Even though the grand prize was not hit Wednesday evening, 1,021,999 players across the nation won a total of more than $11.2 million in prizes.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's drawing the jackpot will reach an estimated $205 million.

The cash option for the Saturday, October 8th drawing will be an estimated $101.7 million.

The numbers drawn Wednesday night were 2, 15, 25, 30, 45 and the Powerball was 17. The Power Play multiplier was 5.

Twelve players in the states of Arizona (2), Colorado (2), Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri (2), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina matched all 5 white balls and won $200,000. One player in Pennsylvania not only won at this prize level, but also very wisely purchased the Power Play option multiplying their winnings 5 times to win $1 million cash.

Sixty-three players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000. Eight additional players who won at this prize level also purchased the Power Play and had their $10,000 winnings multiplied by 5 to $20,000.

More than 114,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prizes by 5 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 $40 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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