POWERBALL JACKPOT SOARS TO $145 MILLION!

POWERBALL, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Eight lottery players across the nation were just one ball shy of winning the country’s largest current lottery jackpot Wednesday night. The ball those players were missing was the Powerball. There were no Powerball jackpot winners Wednesday but 762,687 prizes were paid out across the nation for a total of more than $5.9 million worth of winnings in America’s Game.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday’s drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $145 million.

The cash option for the Saturday, December 4 drawing will be an estimated $79.4 million.

The numbers drawn were: 3, 28, 36, 38, 44 and the Powerball was 1. The Power Play multiplier was 4.

The eight players that correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000 purchased their tickets in Arizona(2), Delaware, Indiana(2), South Carolina(2), and Wisconsin. One additional player from South Carolina not only matched the 5 white numbers, but also purchased the Power Play option for a prize worth $400,000.

Forty-two players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Three additional players not only matched that prize level, but also purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $20,000.

More than 72,000 winning Powerball plays were multiplied by 4 Wednesday. Winners 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, from 2 to 5 times. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel is spun to select that night’s multiplier.

Players purchased more than $31.2 million in tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.

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.