The Powerball jackpot continues to move upward.
Even though the grand prize was not awarded Saturday, two lucky tickets in Arizona and Connecticut won $800,000 each with Power Play. A total of 837,855 players across the nation won more than $9.1 million in prizes in "America's Game".
Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $178 million.
The cash option for the Wednesday, August 2nd drawing will be an estimated $81 million.
The numbers drawn Saturday evening were 14, 19, 26, 39, 55 and the Powerball was 29. The Power Play multiplier was 4.
Six tickets correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $200,000. Their winning tickets were purchased in Kentucky (2), Louisiana (1), Montana (1), South Carolina (1), and Tennessee (1). The two lucky tickets in Arizona (1) and Connecticut (1), not only matched the 5 white numbers, but also purchased the Power Play option multiplying the $200,000 prize by 4 for a total win of $800,000.
Forty-two tickets matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000 each.
Eight additional winners of that prize category also purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $40,000 each.
More than 133,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 4 Saturday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you multiply your Powerball winnings 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 $31.3 million worth of tickets between Thursday and Saturday night. The lotteries sold $2.8 billion in Powerball tickets in FY06. That translates into more than $800 million for worthwhile state projects.