Oct 9, 2003, 4:08 am
Powerball is on the rise and once again the jackpot has crossed over into the $100 million range. There were no jackpot winners Wednesday but 517,732 players across the nation won a total of more than $6.3 million in prizes in America's Game.
Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $102 million. That's currently the largest lottery jackpot in the world.
This is the third time this year and the fourth time in the last eleven months that Powerball has reached the $100 million mark.
The cash option for the Saturday, October 11 drawing will be an estimated $55 million.
The numbers drawn were: 1, 6, 7, 8, 25 and the Powerball was 18. The Power Play multiplier was 5.
Sixteen players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The tickets were sold in Arizona, District of Columbia (2), Indiana, Kentucky (2), Louisiana, New Hampshire (2), Pennsylvania (3), Rhode Island (2), and Wisconsin (2). One of the Washington, DC winners purchased the Power Play option. By spending an extra dollar, they multiplied their prize by 5 for a total win of $500,000!
Fifty-nine players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Five of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $25,000.
More than 60,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 5 Wednesday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you can multiply your winnings, except for the jackpot.
This current jackpot run started with the Wednesday, September 3 drawing. The drawing on Wednesday night was the 11th consecutive draw without being hit. More than 4 million Powerball players across the nation have won a total of more than $38 million in cash prizes since this jackpot run started in early September.
Players purchased more than 19 million tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.
The lotteries sold $1.6 billion in Powerball tickets in 2002. That translates into more than $480 million for worthwhile state projects.
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