Even though the grand prize was not hit in Wednesday evening's drawing, Powerball paid off in multiple other ways.
One lucky ticket won $800,000 with the Power Play option in Indiana. In addition, six other lucky tickets won $200,000 for matching 5 white ball numbers in the states of Iowa (1), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Minnesota (1), Montana (1), and New Mexico (1).
The jackpot for the Saturday, July 22nd drawing will be $116 million with the cash option at $52.9 million.
The numbers drawn Wednesday evening were 2, 32, 38, 44, 50, and the Powerball was 21. The Power Play multiplier was 4.
Forty-three tickets matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000. Ten additional players of that prize level wisely purchased the Power Play and had their prize multiplied by 4 for a $40,000 cash win.
A total of 617,961 players across the nation won more than $7.1 million in prizes playing "America's Game".
More than 105,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 4 Wednesday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for $1. With Power Play you multiply your Powerball winnings from 2-5 times, 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 $26.4 million in tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.
The lotteries sold $2.8 billion in Powerball tickets in fiscal year 2006. That translates into over $800 million for worthwhile state projects.