Powerball Jackpot Reaches $85 Million - Wednesday 10th of May 2006

UNITED STATES – The Powerball jackpot continues tokeep growing and growing. No one hit the jackpot Saturday, but 4 winningtickets in Colorado (1), DC (1), New Hampshire (1), and Oklahoma (1) eachwon $400,000 with the Power Play option. In total, 517,049 players acrossthe nation won more than $5.0 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 $85 million.

The cash option for the Wednesday, May 3rd drawing will be an estimated$38.3 million.

The numbers drawn Saturday were 12, 23, 25, 32, 38, and the Powerballwas 27. The Power Play multiplier was 2.

One ticket correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $200,000. Thewinning ticket was purchased in Pennsylvania (1). The four lucky tickets inColorado (1), DC (1), New Hampshire (1), and Oklahoma (1) that matched 5also had the Power Play option and multiplied the $200,000 prize by 2 for atotal win of $400,000 million.

Twenty-six tickets matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won$10,000. Seven additional winning tickets at that prize level also had thePower Play option multiplying the winnings 2 times for a total of $20,000.

More than 92,000 winning Powerball tickets multiplied the prizes by 2Saturday. Winning players were able to do that by purchasing the Power Playoption for one dollar. With Power Play you multiply your Powerball winningsby 2-5 times, except for the jackpot. At the beginning of each drawing awheel is spun 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 $22 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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