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Powerball lottery jackpot rises to $212M

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by Todd Northrop

The multi-state Powerball lottery drawing happened last night once again without any jackpot winners, causing the new jackpot for Saturday's drawing to grow to an estimated $212 million, with a cash option of $101.9 million.

Wednesday night was the 9th consecutive drawing without a jackpot winner.

Even though there were no jackpot winners, 11 lucky tickets matched the first five numbers for a $200,000 second-place prize: 2 from Idaho, 1 from Illinois, 1 from Louisiana, 1 from Minnesota, 3 from New York, 2 from Pennsylvania, and 1 from Wisconsin.

One of the second-prize tickets, from Pennsylvania, was purchased with the Power Play option, which has multiplied the ticket-holder's prize to a sizable $1 million.

63 tickets matched four white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000. Of those tickets, six also were purchased with the Power Play option, multiplying the prize by 3 for a total cash prize of $30,000.

The Powerball winning numbers for Wednesday, April 14, were 6, 14, 32, 38, and 52, with Powerball number 20. The Power Play number was 3.

Only four jackpots in the past three years have been larger than the upcoming Saturday drawing.

  • On August 19, 2009, a retired South Carolina state employee who spent two bucks on tickets won a $260 million Powerball jackpot.
  • The May 27 jackpot, worth $232 million in yearly payments, was hit by a 23-year-old South Dakota rancher who opted for the lump sum. The check was for $88,504,147 after taxes were withheld.
  • The March 15, 2008, prize reached $276 million before being snagged by eight coworkers in a West Virginia tax office.
  • On Aug. 25, 2007, one of the biggest Powerball prizes ever, $314 million, was hit in Indiana. An Ohio man and his two children collected.

Players purchased $46,105,946 in Powerball and Power Play tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.

A total of 1,116,331 tickets across the USA won $9,958,868 in prizes playing "America's Game". 169,962 of those winning tickets were purchased with the Power Play option, which multiplied the prize by 3 Wednesday.

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.

The lotteries sold $2.56 billion in Powerball tickets in fiscal year 2009, translating into over $743 million for state projects.

Powerball is now played in 42 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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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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Posted: April 15, 2010, 8:20 am - IP Logged

I was hoping Ohio could kick off its sales of PowerBall tickets with a large jackpot, it doesn't get much better than a $212M jackpot for its first game.   I'll be picking up tickets for both MM and PB games tomorrow.

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    THRUST's avatar - f35l

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    Posted: April 15, 2010, 8:28 am - IP Logged

    Talk about a sweet win! I will be getting my tickets today or Fri.

     

    Party

    $1,000,000

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      Posted: April 15, 2010, 8:39 am - IP Logged

      I was hoping Ohio could kick off its sales of PowerBall tickets with a large jackpot, it doesn't get much better than a $212M jackpot for its first game.   I'll be picking up tickets for both MM and PB games tomorrow.

      I was hoping for a rollover last night, for just this reason.  What a great way for Ohio to get into the action.

      I am hoping the same for the Mega Millions drawing tomorrow night, because tickets go on sale in Arizona for the first time on Sunday.

      Updates for both states have been made at USA Mega (www.usamega.com), so features like Jackpot Analysis are available for players in Ohio and Arizona.

       

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        Posted: April 15, 2010, 9:32 am - IP Logged

        Glad to hear Ohio dollars will be adding to MY JACKPOT!   LOL.......     $212 Million will be a nice way to replenish my funds after paying taxes today........  Good luck everyone from LP!!

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          Posted: April 15, 2010, 10:43 am - IP Logged

          Twitchwell i just bought tickets for both .....  would love for it to hit in VA

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            Posted: April 15, 2010, 10:47 am - IP Logged

            Florida Lottery also rolled! It's been a while since it's been over 50 million, i'm gonna play both!

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              Posted: April 15, 2010, 10:57 am - IP Logged

              Twitchwell i just bought tickets for both .....  would love for it to hit in VA

              Me too. Big Grin

              We will split it! Wink

              $1,000,000

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                Posted: April 15, 2010, 1:59 pm - IP Logged

                I will be picking up my tickets today! Smile

                "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                  Posted: April 15, 2010, 2:10 pm - IP Logged

                  I spent my $1! Big Grin

                  Come on Powerball!

                  I would welcome a donation to my very small bank account from Ohio.

                  Best of luck to all .... but I can really use a big win! Cool

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                    Posted: April 15, 2010, 2:14 pm - IP Logged

                    Me too. Big Grin

                    We will split it! Wink

                    Razz like hades ......

                     

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                      Posted: April 15, 2010, 3:34 pm - IP Logged

                      Me too. Big Grin

                      We will split it! Wink

                      Me 3 lol..... the lines are getting wayy longer now at the stores on PB nite.....

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                        Posted: April 15, 2010, 3:43 pm - IP Logged

                        I was feeling abit lazy last night so I didnt get a ticket. I dont plan to miss the next jp. Good luck y'all.

                        That money's gone fo ever

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                          Posted: April 15, 2010, 4:23 pm - IP Logged

                          will now powerball will be sold in ever state with a lotto but CA

                          all we need is CA to get in sync with the rest of us

                          and then we have our first true "national lotto"

                           

                          but i doubt the idiots that run CA would be smart for once"looks at their debt"

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                            Posted: April 15, 2010, 8:42 pm - IP Logged

                            Ohio Players are going to like this start.

                            Stores that sell tickets will be really busy this Friday and Saturday with the 2 big jackpots.