May 6, 2004, 7:53 am
The excitement is rising along with the jackpot in America's favorite lottery game. No one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, pushing the jackpot to an estimated $205 million. That's currently the largest lottery jackpot in the world.
The $205 million dollar jackpot would rank as the 6th largest Powerball jackpot ever, and the 9th largest lottery jackpot of all time.
The cash option for the Saturday, May 8 drawing will be an estimated $107.3 million.
There were no Powerball jackpot winners Wednesday but 1,253,813 players across the nation won a total of more than $8.7 million in prizes in America's Game.
This current jackpot run started with the Wednesday, March 17 drawing. The drawing on Wednesday night was the 15th consecutive draw without being hit. More than 7.9 million Powerball players across the nation have won a total of more than $59.7 million in cash prizes since this jackpot run started.
This is the second time in the last 5 months that Powerball has crossed the $200 million mark.
The numbers drawn were: 9, 16, 21, 25, 32, and the Powerball was 8. The Power Play multiplier was 3.
Eleven players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The tickets were sold in Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri (2), Montana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. None of the winning players purchased the Power Play option. If they had, they would have multiplied their prize by 3 for a total win of $300,000.
A total of 113 players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Eleven of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $15,000.
More than 109,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 3 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.
Players purchased more than 44 million tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.
The lotteries sold more than $2 billion in Powerball tickets in 2003. That translates into more than $600 million for worthwhile state projects.
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