Powerball Jackpot Rises to $62 Million - Friday 10th of March 2006

The Powerball jackpot continues to moveupward. Even though the grand prize was not hit Wednesday evening, 487,557players across the nation won a total of more than $5.5 million in prizes inAmerica's favorite Game.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers the jackpot will grow toan estimated $62 million.

The cash option for the Saturday, March 11th drawing will be an estimated$29.9 million.

The numbers drawn Wednesday were 1, 5, 7, 21, 43 and the Powerball was 20.The Power Play multiplier was 5.

Three lucky players in the states of Delaware, Minnesota, and Tennesseecorrectly matched the 5 white numbers and won $200,000.

Thirty-two players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won$10,000. Six additional winners of that prize category also wisely purchasedthe Power Play option that multiplied their win 5 times for a total of$50,000!

More than 103,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 5Wednesday. 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. For a limited time during the current "Power Play10X" promotion, all prizes (except the jackpot) can be multiplied up to 10times for the same $1 Power Play cost.

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 $21 million in tickets between Thursday andSaturday night.

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

Powerball is now played in 28 states, the District of Columbia, and theU.S. Virgin Islands.

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