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$18.7 Million Powerball Jackpot Won

24 February 2005

UNITED STATES – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Powerball paid off big for one lucky ticket Wednesday night. The winning ticket worth $18.7 million was purchased in Idaho.

The winner will now have to decide between the 29-year, 30-payment annuity, and the cash option worth $10,397,024. The winner will have 60 days after their ticket is validated to make that decision.

In addition to the jackpot winner, 315,003 other Powerball players across the nation won a total of almost $2.2 million in cash prizes.

The numbers drawn were: 4, 10, 15, 48, 51 and the Powerball was 13. The Power Play multiplier was 4.

Unfortunately, no one matched all 5 white numbers for the $100,000 prize. However, nineteen players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Two additional winners of that prize level also purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $20,000!

More than 47,600 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 4 Wednesday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you can multiply your Powerball winnings, except for the jackpot. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel is spun to select that night's multiplier.

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 more than $12.2 million in tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.

The jackpot for the Saturday, February 26 drawing will be $10 million.

The lotteries sold more than $2.2 billion in Powerball tickets in FY04. That translates into more than $660 million for worthwhile state projects.

Powerball is now played in 27 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information on Powerball, including video of the drawing, please visit our website at http://www.powerball.com .

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