Mar 15, 2004, 7:15 am
The people that say lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice haven't spent much time in Indiana. For the fourth time in the last five months, someone from Indiana has won the Powerball jackpot.
The winning ticket holder for Saturday night's draw now has a choice to make. They can take the $89 million annuity, which will be paid out in 30 payments over 29 years. Or, they can choose the cash option worth $49.9 million. The ticket holder will have 60 days after the ticket is validated to make that decision.
On Saturday, October 25, 2003 a $190.9 million jackpot was split between two tickets; one purchased in Indiana and one in Minnesota. On Wednesday, October 29, a $10 million Powerball jackpot was claimed by one winning ticket purchased in the Hoosier state. And on Wednesday, November 5, a $12.8 million jackpot was won in Indiana.
Saturday night's $89 million draw was the 32nd Powerball jackpot win for Indiana. There have been a total of 180 jackpot winners in the history of Powerball.
In addition to the jackpot winner, 550,064 other players across the nation won a total of almost $3.7 million in prizes in America's Game.
The numbers drawn were: 11, 44, 45, 48, 50 and the Powerball was 2. The Power Play multiplier was 3.
Five players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The tickets were sold in Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.
The winning players did not purchase the Power Play option. Had they spent an extra dollar they would have multiplied their prize by 3 for a total win of $300,000.
Thirty-eight players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Four of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $15,000.
Almost 60,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 3 Saturday. 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 jackpot run started with the Saturday, February 7 drawing. The drawing on Saturday night was the 11th draw in this run. More than 4.2 million Powerball players across the nation have won a total of more than $34 million in cash prizes since this jackpot run started in early February.
Players purchased almost 20.6 million tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.
The jackpot for the Wednesday, March 17 drawing will be $10 million with a $5.6 million cash option.
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