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$100 Million Powerball Jackpot

12 September 2002

IOWA – (Press Release) -- Powerball rolled again last night, setting the stage for a huge jackpot on Saturday night. Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's drawing Powerball will grow to an estimated $100 million!

The cash option for the Saturday, September 14 drawing will be an estimated $60 million.

There were no jackpot winners Wednesday but 570,794 players across the nation won a total of more than $4.2 million in prizes in America's Game.

The numbers drawn were: 3, 6, 26, 39, 48, and the Powerball was 28. The Power Play multiplier was 3.

Eight players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The tickets were sold in Connecticut, DC, Indiana, Louisiana (2), Missouri, New Mexico, and Oregon. None of the winning players purchased the Power Play option. By spending an extra dollar they could have multiplied their prize by 3 for a total win of $300,000.

Forty-two players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Three of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $15,000.

More than 42,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 3 Wednesday. With Power Play you can multiply your winnings, except for the jackpot. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel is spun to select that night's multiplier.

This current jackpot run started with the Wednesday, July 24 drawing. The drawing on Wednesday night was the 15th consecutive draw without being hit. More than 4.2 million Powerball players across the nation have won more than $40 million in prizes since this jackpot run started in late July.

Players should carefully check their tickets after every draw. Even if there are no jackpot winners there are always tens of thousands of winners at other prize levels.

Players purchased almost 22 million tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.

The lotteries sold $1.3 billion in Powerball tickets in 2001. That translates into more than $400 million for worthwhile state projects.

Powerball is now played in 22 states and the District of Columbia. South Carolina will begin selling Powerball tickets in October.

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