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$215 Million Powerball Jackpot

19 December 2002

IOWA – (Press Release) -- The excitement is growing along with the jackpot in America's Game. No one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday night's drawing pushing the Powerball jackpot to an estimated $215 million. The cash option for the Saturday, December 21 drawing will be an estimated $116.8 million.

The $215 million jackpot would be the third largest Powerball jackpot in history and would rank fifth all-time among the world's largest jackpots.

This current jackpot run started with the Wednesday, October 30 drawing. The drawing on Wednesday night was the 15th consecutive draw without being hit. More than 6.8 million Powerball players across the nation have won a total of more than $62.1 million in prizes since this jackpot run started in late October.

There were no jackpot winners Wednesday but 1,579,793 players across the nation won a total of more than $11.6 million in prizes in America's Game.

The numbers drawn were: 2, 14, 33, 50, 52 and the Powerball was 22. The Power Play multiplier was 5.

Sixteen players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The winning tickets were purchased in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania (4), South Carolina, and West Virginia. The winning South Carolina player purchased the Power Play option. By spending the extra dollar they multiplied their prize by 5 for a total win of $500,000.

Seventy-eight players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Five of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $25,000.

More than 106,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 5 Wednesday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. 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.

Players purchased more than 57.3 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 23 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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