Powerball Jackpot Grows to $61 Million - Tuesday 2nd of May 2006

UNITED STATES – The Powerball jackpot continues toget bigger and bigger. No one hit the jackpot Saturday, but 3 winningtickets in Missouri (1), and Pennsylvania (2) each won $1 million with thePower Play option. In total, 472,732 players across the nation won morethan $7.7 million in prizes in America's Game.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawingthe jackpot will grow to an estimated $61 million.

The cash option for the Wednesday, May 3rd drawing will be an estimated$27 million.

The numbers drawn Saturday were 19, 30, 35, 40, 41, and the Powerballwas 14. The Power Play multiplier was 5.

Three players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $200,000.Their winning tickets were purchased in Arizona (2), Minnesota (1), andWisconsin (1). The three lucky players in Missouri (1), and Pennsylvania(2) who matched 5 also wisely purchased the Power Play option andmultiplied the $200,000 prize by 5 for a total win of $1 million.

Twenty-four players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won$10,000. Five additional winners at that prize level also purchased thePower Play option multiplying their winnings 5 times for a total of$50,000.

More than 90,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 5Saturday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option forone dollar. With Power Play you multiply your Powerball winnings by 2-5times, except for the jackpot. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel isspun to select 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 $19.9 million in tickets between Wednesdayand Saturday night. The lotteries have sold more than $2.4 billion inPowerball tickets so far in fiscal year 2006. That translates intoapproximately $700 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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