Powerball Jackpot Rises to $174 Million - Tuesday 4th of April 2006

UNITED STATES – The Powerball jackpot continues to growbigger and bigger exciting players all across the country. No one hit thejackpot Saturday, but 800,964 players across the nation won a total of morethan $7.6 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 $174 million.

The cash option for the Wednesday, April 5th drawing will be an estimated$80.4 million.

The numbers drawn Saturday were 1, 10, 23, 50, 55, and the Powerball was29. The Power Play multiplier was 3.

Eight players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $200,000.Their winning tickets were purchased in Colorado (1), DC (1), Idaho (1),Missouri (1), Oklahoma (2), Pennsylvania (1), and Vermont (1). One additionallucky player in Pennsylvania who matched 5 also wisely purchased the PowerPlay option and multiplied the $200,000 prize by 3 for a total win of$600,000.

Thirty-eight players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won$10,000. Ten additional winners at that prize level also purchased the PowerPlay option multiplying their winnings 3 times for a total of $30,000.

More than 130,000 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 $34.8 million in tickets between Wednesday andSaturday night. The lotteries sold more than $2 billion in Powerball ticketsin FY05. That translates into more than $600 million for worthwhile stateprojects.

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

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