Powerball Jackpot Reaches $100 Million - Monday 19th of June 2006

UNITED STATES – Even though the grand prize was nothit Wednesday evening, Powerball paid off BIG in multiple ways. There werethree tickets that won $600,000 with the Power Play option in NorthCarolina (1), North Dakota (1), and South Carolina (1)! In addition, twoother lucky tickets won $200,000 for matching 5 white ball numbers in thestates of North Carolina (1), and Nebraska (1).

The jackpot for the Saturday, June 17th drawing will be $100 millionwith the cash option at $45.6 million.

The numbers drawn Wednesday evening were 4, 14, 15, 40, 48, and thePowerball was 12. The Power Play multiplier was 3.

Twenty-four tickets matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won$10,000. Five additional players of that prize level wisely purchased thePower Play and had their prize multiplied by 3 for a $30,000 cash win! Atotal of 538,248 players across the nation won more than $5.8 million inprizes playing America's favorite game.

More than 97,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 3Wednesday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play optionfor $1. With Power Play you multiply your Powerball winnings from 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 $22.6 million in tickets between Sunday andWednesday night.

The lotteries have sold approximately $2.6 billion in Powerball ticketsso far in fiscal year 2006. That translates into approximately $750 millionfor worthwhile state projects.

Powerball is now played in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and theU.S. Virgin Islands.

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