Aug 9, 2004, 8:30 am
Summer may be nearing an end but Powerball is just starting to heat up. There were no Powerball jackpot winners Saturday but 534,432 players across the nation won a total of more than $5.3 million in prizes in America's Game.
Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $84 million. That's the largest current lottery jackpot in the country.
The cash option for the Wednesday, August 11 drawing will be an estimated $45.3 million. The numbers drawn were: 8, 9, 16, 34, 48 and the Powerball was 8. The Power Play multiplier was 5.
Seven players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The tickets were sold in Arizona, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Pennsylvania (2), and West Virginia. One of the winning Pennsylvania players purchased the Power Play option. By spending the extra dollar, that player was able to multiply their prize by 5 for a total win of $500,000!
Fifty-three players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Nine of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $25,000.
More than 68,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 5 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. 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 18.6 million tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.
The lotteries sold more than $2 billion in Powerball tickets in 2003. That translates into more than $600 million for worthwhile state projects. Powerball is now played in 27 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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