Powerball Jackpot Grows to $73 Million - Friday 5th of May 2006

UNITED STATES – The Powerball jackpot continues togrow to the delight of players all over America. Even though the grandprize was not hit Wednesday evening, 446,926 players across the nation wona total of more than $4.2 million in prizes in America's favorite Game.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers the jackpot will growto an estimated $73 million for Saturday night's drawing. The cash optionfor the Saturday, May 6th drawing will be an estimated $32.6 million. Thenumbers drawn Wednesday were 4, 6, 19, 38, 42 and the Powerball was 37. ThePower Play multiplier was 2. Three lucky players in the states of Arizona(2), and Kansas (1), correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won$200,000. Two additional winners of that prize category also in Kansaswisely purchase the Power Play option for another $1 and had their winningsmultiplied by 2 for a total win of $400,000!

Twenty-Three players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won$10,000. Six additional winners of that prize category also wiselypurchased the Power Play option that multiplied their win 2 times for atotal of $20,000!

More than 86,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 2Wednesday. 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 $19.5 million in ticketsbetween Sunday and Wednesday night.

The lotteries have sold approximately $2.5 billion in Powerball ticketsso far in fiscal year 2006. That translates into approximately $725 millionfor worthwhile state projects.

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