Powerball Climbs to $25 Million - Tuesday 27th of December 2005

UNITED STATES – The jackpot continues to climb. Eventhough the grand prize was not hit Wednesday evening, 321,411 players acrossthe nation won a total of more than $2.5 million in prizes in America's Game.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers the jackpot will grow toan estimated $25 million.

The cash option for the Saturday, December 24th drawing will be anestimated $12.1 million.

The numbers drawn Wednesday were 9, 12, 16, 23, 43 and the Powerball was37. The Power Play multiplier was 3.

One lucky player in the state of Louisiana correctly matched the 5 whitenumbers and won $200,000. Had that player also opted for the $1 Power Playoption, the prize would have been multiplied by 3 for a total of $600,000.

Twenty-four players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won$10,000. One additional winner of that prize category also wisely purchasedthe Power Play option that multiplied their win 3 times for a total of$30,000.

More than 52,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 3Wednesday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option forone dollar. With Power Play you multiply any winnings from 2-5 times, exceptfor the jackpot. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel is spun to selectthat 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 $14.1 million in tickets between Sunday andWednesday night.

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

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