Iowa Ticket Wins $113.2 Million Powerball Jackpot - Saturday 17th of December 2005

UNITED STATES – Powerball paid off big in multiple waysWednesday night. Not only was there one winning jackpot ticket worth awhopping $113.2 million sold in Iowa, but also there was a ticket that won$1 million with Power Play in Idaho! In addition, seven other fortunateplayers won $200,000 for matching 5 white ball numbers in Iowa (1), Louisiana(1), Minnesota (1), Pennsylvania (3), and Rhode Island (1).

The jackpot winner will now have to decide between the 29-year, 30-paymentannuity, and the cash option worth $54,779,833. The winner will have 60 daysafter their ticket is validated to make that decision.

The jackpot for the Saturday, December 17th drawing will be $15 millionwith the cash option at $7.3 million.

The numbers drawn Wednesday evening were 8, 15, 16, 45, 51, and thePowerball was 11. The Power Play multiplier was 5.

Twenty-six players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won$10,000. Seven additional players of that prize level wisely purchased thePower Play and had their prize multiplied by 5 for a $50,000 cash win! Atotal of 608,358 players across the nation won more than $7.2 million inprizes playing America's favorite game.

More than 83,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 5Wednesday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for$1. With Power Play you multiply your Powerball winnings from 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 $24.3 million in tickets between Sunday andWednesday night.

The lotteries sold more than $2 billion in Powerball tickets in 2005.That translates into more than $600 million for worthwhile state projects.

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