Largest lottery jackpot in the world; $164 million more than second-largest jackpot
The Powerball jackpot continues to grow to unbelievable heights.
The multi-state game's $204 million jackpot is $164 million more than the next-largest worldwide lottery jackpot — Florida Lotto's $40 million grand prize. (Both games will conduct their drawings tomorrow at 11:00 PM Eastern Time.)
Even though the grand prize was not awarded Wednesday, three lucky tickets in DC, Iowa, and North Carolina each won $800,000 with Power Play. A total of 952,566 players across the nation won more than $13.6 million in prizes in "America's Game".
Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $204 million.
The cash option for the Saturday, August 5th drawing will be an estimated $92.7 million.
The numbers drawn Wednesday evening were 10, 13, 16, 19, 24 and the Powerball was 15. The Power Play multiplier was 4.
Seventeen tickets correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $200,000. These winning tickets were purchased in Colorado (2), DC (1), Delaware (1), Iowa (1), Indiana (2), Minnesota (1), Missouri (2), North Carolina (1), New Mexico (1), Pennsylvania (1), Vermont (1), Wisconsin (2), and West Virginia (1). The three lucky tickets in DC (1), Iowa (1), and North Carolina (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.
Sixty-nine tickets matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000 each. Thirteen additional winners of that prize category also purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $40,000 each.
More than 150,000 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 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 $40.2 million worth of tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night. The lotteries sold $2.8 billion in Powerball tickets in FY06. That translates into more than $800 million for worthwhile state projects.