Powerball Grows to $112 Million - Wednesday 14th of December 2005

UNITED STATES – The Powerball jackpot continues togrow. No one hit the grand prize Saturday, but 530,809 players across thenation won a total of more than $5.1 million in prizes in America's Game.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing thejackpot will grow to an estimated $112 million.

The cash option for the Wednesday, December 14th drawing will be anestimated $54.2 million.

The numbers drawn Saturday were 3, 21, 34, 42, 45, and the Powerball was39. The Power Play multiplier was 4.

Three players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $200,000.Their winning tickets were purchased in Connecticut, Indiana, and New Mexico.One player from Tennessee not only won at that prize level but also purchasedthe Power Play option multiplying their prize 4 times for a total win of$800,000.

Twenty-seven players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won$10,000. Three additional winners of that prize category also wiselypurchased the Power Play option for a total win of $40,000!

More than 72,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 4Saturday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option forone dollar. With Power Play you multiply your Powerball winnings 2-5 times,except for the jackpot. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel is spun toselect that night's multiplier.

Players should carefully check their tickets after every draw. Even ifthere are no jackpot winners there are always tens of thousands of winners atother prize levels.

Players purchased more than $23.6 million in tickets between Wednesday andSaturday night.

The lotteries sold more than $2 billion in Powerball tickets in FY05. Thattranslates into more than $600 million for worthwhile state projects.

Powerball is now played in 27 states, the District of Columbia, and theU.S. Virgin Islands.

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