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$95 Million Powerball Jackpot Up for Grabs

19 June 2003

IOWA – (Press Release) -- Everything about Powerball is bigger this week: the jackpot, the number of players, and the number of people winning prizes. Eight players came within one ball of walking away with the jackpot and more than a half a million players won prizes.

There were no Powerball jackpot winners Wednesday but 509,743 players across the nation won a total of more than $4.1 million in prizes in America's Game.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $95 million.

The cash option for the Saturday, June 21 drawing will be an estimated $55.1 million.

The numbers drawn were: 19, 20, 21, 45, 46 and the Powerball was 20. The Power Play multiplier was 4.

Eight players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The tickets were sold in Colorado, Connecticut (2), Iowa, Kansas, Missouri (2), and New Mexico. None of those players purchased the Power Play option. If they had, they would have multiplied their prize by 4 for a total win of $400,000.

Thirty-six 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 $20,000.

More than 59,000 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 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 Saturday, May 10 drawing. The drawing on Wednesday night was the 12th consecutive draw without being hit. Almost 4.3 million Powerball players across the nation have won prizes since this jackpot run started in early May.

Players purchased more than 20.1 million tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.

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. Vermont will begin selling Powerball tickets next month.

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