Powerball Jackpot at $20 Million - Tuesday 20th of December 2005

UNITED STATES – The Powerball jackpot is on the riseonce again! Even though the jackpot was not hit Saturday, a lucky player inConnecticut won a $1 million cash prize with Power Play. In total, 366,611players across the nation won more than $4.3 million in prizes in America'sGame.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing thejackpot will grow to an estimated $20 million.

The cash option for the Wednesday, December 21st drawing will be anestimated $9.7 million.

The numbers drawn were 24, 36, 44, 46, 53 and the Powerball was 18. ThePower Play multiplier was 5.

Three players in Iowa, Kentucky, and South Carolina correctly matched the5 white numbers and won $200,000. The player in Connecticut that won the $1million not only matched the 5 white numbers, but also wisely purchased thePower Play option.

Thirteen players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won$10,000. Two additional winners of that prize category also purchased thePower Play option, multiplying their prize by 5 for a total win of $50,000.

More than 58,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 5Saturday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option forone dollar. With Power Play you multiply your winnings from 2 to 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 $15.3 million in tickets between Thursday andSaturday night.

The lotteries sold more than $2.0 billion in Powerball tickets in FY05.That translates into more than $600 million for worthwhile state projects.

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