Aug 19, 2004, 8:15 am
There were no Powerball jackpot winners Wednesday but 293,965 players across the nation won a total of more than $2.4 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 $14 million.
The cash option for the Saturday, August 21 drawing will be an estimated $6.8 million.
The numbers drawn were: 31, 33, 35, 40, 42 and the Powerball was 40. The Power Play multiplier was 2.
Five players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The tickets were sold in Colorado, Nebraska (2), Rhode Island, and Tennessee. The winning players from Colorado and Tennessee purchased the Power Play option. By spending the extra dollar those players were able to multiply their prize by 2 for a total win of $200,000.
Thirty players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Six of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $10,000.
More than 40,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 2 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. 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 11 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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