Powerball Jackpot Hits $28 Million - Sunday 23rd of April 2006

UNITED STATES – The Powerball jackpot continues togrow. Even though the grand prize was not hit Wednesday evening, 365,978players across the nation won a total of more than $4.3 million in prizesin America's favorite Game. One lucky player in Maine won $800,000 playingthe exciting Powerball add-on feature: Power Play. The normal prize formatching 5 white numbers of $200,000 was multiplied 4 times due to thePower Play option.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers the jackpot will growto an estimated $28 million for Saturday night's drawing.

The cash option for the Saturday, April 22nd drawing will be anestimated $13 million.

The numbers drawn Wednesday were 5, 28, 32, 34, 53 and the Powerballwas 10. The Power Play multiplier was 4.

Four lucky players in the states of Missouri (2), Rhode Island (1), andWisconsin (1), correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $200,000. Oneplayer in Maine not only won at that prize level but also purchased thePower Play and had the $200,000 multiplied by 4 for a total win of$800,000!

Thirteen players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won$10,000. 2 additional winners of that prize category also wisely purchasedthe Power Play option that multiplied their win 4 times for a total of$40,000!

More than 71,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 4Wednesday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play optionfor one dollar. With Power Play you multiply any winnings from 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 winnersat other prize levels.

Players purchased more than $16.0 million in tickets between Sunday andWednesday night.

The lotteries have sold approximately $2.4 billion in Powerball ticketsso far in fiscal year 2006. That translates into approximately $700 millionfor worthwhile state projects.

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

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