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Powerball lottery jackpot increased to $245M

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Approaching record levels; largest Powerball jackpot in 17 months

There was no jackpot winner in the Saturday night drawing of the muilti-state Powerball game, causing the grand prize to increase to an estimated $245 million for Wednesday's drawing.

Saturday was the 14th consecutive drawing without a jackpot winner.

The estimated cash value for the new jackpot is $122.6 Million.  After-tax cash and annuity prize amounts are reported state-by-state at USA Mega (www.usamega.com/powerball-jackpot.asp), a web site devoted to the Powerball and Mega Millions multi-state games.

Even though there were no jackpot winners, five lucky tickets matched the first five numbers for a $200,000 second-place prize: 1 from Florida, 2 from Kentucky, 1 from Maine, and 1 from Tennessee.  The second-place ticket sold in Tennessee was purchased with the Power Play option, which automatically multiplies the prize by 5 times, to $1 million.

64 tickets matched four white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000. Of those tickets, 11 also were purchased with the Power Play option, multiplying the prize by 5 for a total cash prize of $50,000.

The Powerball winning numbers for Saturday, August 15, were 14-15-26-32-36, with Powerball number 12. The Power Play number was 5.

The Powerball jackpot has not been at this high level for over 17 months.  On March 15, 2008, the grand prize reached $276 million before being snagged by eight coworkers in a West Virginia tax office.

When a Powerball ticket is purchased with the Power Play option for an extra $1 per ticket, any non-jackpot prize is multiplied from 2-5 times, depending on a computerized random number generated that evening. Second-place Power Play-enabled tickets matching five numbers but not the Powerball are always multiplied by 5 times, for a $1 million prize.

Powerball is now played in 30 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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DelmarvaChick's avatar - wallace
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Posted: August 16, 2009, 8:21 am - IP Logged

Isn't USAMega your site too Todd?  If so that's twice in recent history you've been mentioned in the press. Pretty nifty. Smile


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    Posted: August 16, 2009, 8:45 am - IP Logged

    Isn't USAMega your site too Todd?  If so that's twice in recent history you've been mentioned in the press. Pretty nifty. Smile

    The above story was written by Todd. That's why the site was mentioned.

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      Posted: August 16, 2009, 11:47 am - IP Logged

      Oh my God...this is getting better and BETTER! Big Grin

      A multi-million dollar windfall is still up for grabs! My dream of winning is still alive! White Bounce

      Gotta buy my tickets now...I can't wait for the next draw! Dance

      Good luck to us all!!! Party

      "Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire" - Oskar Schindler

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        Posted: August 16, 2009, 12:01 pm - IP Logged

        My goodness there is a lot of money to be had next Tuesday and Wednesday. To think I could go from one of the poorest people in the country to one of the richest in one drawing is just incredible. Good luck everyone!

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          Posted: August 16, 2009, 12:58 pm - IP Logged

          Looks like it's time to drive to Idaho. That is after buying my Mega Millions ticket in Washington, of course.

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            Posted: August 16, 2009, 1:42 pm - IP Logged

            Party

             

            Good luck to all for Tuesday and Wednesday.....This is my time.....I know I am winning it this time, I have been in line for some time now.

             

            Good luck again....Rem only a $1 and your life changes completely.....I have my tix ready. GOD please shine your miracle on me thanks alot for listening.

            "Wait eagerly for the Lord, and keep to the way; God wil raise you to possess the land; you will gloat when the wicked are cut off".

                                                                                          Psalms 37:34


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              Posted: August 16, 2009, 3:20 pm - IP Logged

              Hey everybody. I know that the jackpot is going up and everyone wants to win. Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamed that I won the powerball jackpot, but the truth is I don't even live in a state where Powerball is played. I can still recalled the winning numbers. It was 03-07-12-26-35-51..here it is people

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                Posted: August 16, 2009, 3:45 pm - IP Logged

                I want my Powerball ticket to win this jackpot.  I am ready for its currency.

                Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

                Disney

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                  Posted: August 16, 2009, 3:56 pm - IP Logged

                  I would be humbled to win the Powerball on Wednesday !

                  Jackpot bigger than the one in SD !

                  Disability doesn't go too far !

                  Waiting to find out about my bad report from the Dr.

                  A win won't make everything go away, but it would sure help the situation !

                  Praying for some better news !

                  Unhappy

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                    Posted: August 16, 2009, 6:34 pm - IP Logged

                    Is Powerball the biggest lottery in the U.S. (in terms of jackpot size)? Is it the biggest in the world? Just curious.

                    Thanks.


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                      Posted: August 16, 2009, 7:30 pm - IP Logged

                      Both Megamillions and powerball are the the biggest lottery in the U.S.  The only difference is that  the powerball start at 25 Millions eachtime the jackpot is hit

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                        Posted: August 16, 2009, 8:24 pm - IP Logged

                        Hey everybody. I know that the jackpot is going up and everyone wants to win. Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamed that I won the powerball jackpot, but the truth is I don't even live in a state where Powerball is played. I can still recalled the winning numbers. It was 03-07-12-26-35-51..here it is people

                        well that's nice and all it's no good w/o knowing which one is the powerball!!!

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                          Posted: August 16, 2009, 8:53 pm - IP Logged

                          Both Megamillions and powerball are the the biggest lottery in the U.S.  The only difference is that  the powerball start at 25 Millions eachtime the jackpot is hit

                          No, it starts at $20 million.

                           

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                            Posted: August 16, 2009, 9:07 pm - IP Logged

                            But the cash prize percentage is bigger for MegaMillions is bigger, the odds for mega are less bad, but matching the "ball" for Mega is $2 while for PB it is $3. I  got my Mega Millions tickets today, and I have a couple of PowerBalls.

                            While $245 mil sounds nice, the odds for our state lotto are 28x  better.  So getting 1 PB is like getting 28 state tickets.  Getting the 1st Million cash is MUCH more important to me than the following $82 million cash (aft taxes) to me.

                            I would LOVe to have the Illinois Little Lotto prize today. It is $510,000 with 1:575,757 odds.

                            Gotta respect those large amounts in PB and MM! So that is why I'm holding a couple.

                            It would be cool to have one million shares of FCX!...

                            MarkP