Powerball Jackpot Rises to $115 Million - Tuesday 24th of January 2006

UNITED STATES – The Powerball jackpot continues togrow. No one hit the jackpot Saturday, but 625,255 players across the nationwon 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 $115 million.

The cash option for the Wednesday, January 25th drawing will be anestimated $56.5 million.

The numbers drawn Saturday were 3, 18, 39, 43, 54, and the Powerball was41. The Power Play multiplier was 3.

Five players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $200,000.Their winning tickets were purchased in Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri,and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Thirty-four players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won$10,000. Nine additional winners at that prize level also wisely purchasedthe Power Play option multiplying their winnings 3 times for a total of$30,000!

More than 84,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 3Saturday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option forone dollar. With Power Play you multiply your Powerball winnings by 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 $27.5 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 28 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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