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$62.4 Million Powerball Jackpot Won

27 March 2003

WEST VIRGINIA -- (Press Release) -- Powerballpaid off big Wednesday night for one winning ticket sold in West Virginia.

The ticket holder will now have to decide if they want the $62.4 million 29-year annuity or the cash option worth $33.6 million. The ticket holder will have 60 days after the ticket is validated to make that decision.

In addition to the jackpot winner, 349,351 other players across the nation won a total of more than $3 million in prizes in America's Game.

The numbers drawn were: 10, 28, 31, 40, 52, and the Powerball was 41. The Power Play multiplier was 5.

Five players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The tickets were sold in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, and Montana. None of the winning players purchased the Power Play option. If they had spent an extra dollar those players would have multiplied their prize by 5 for a total win of $500,000.

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

More than 40,000 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 15 million tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.

The jackpot for the Saturday, March 29 drawing will be $10 million with a $5.4 million cash option.

The lotteries sold $1.6 billion in Powerball tickets in 2002. That translates into more than $480 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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