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$218 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot increased

PowerballPowerball: $218 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot increased

Largest Powerball jackpot in 10 months

By Todd Northrop

Just a week after the Mega Millions lottery had players across America scrambling for tickets for a mega jackpot, the Powerball multi-state lottery game is poised to do the same thing.

Saturday night's Powerball drawing was the 10th consectuive drawing without a top prize winner, increasing the next jackpot to $218 million, with a lump-sum cash option of $109.9 million.

The next drawing will take place Wednesday at 11:00 pm Eastern Time (8:00 pm Pacific).  The winning numbers will be published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after the drawing.

The last time the multi-state Powerball jackpot reached the current level was on June 2, 2010, when a $262 million jackpot was taken down by one ticket sold in Ohio.  The winner later claimed the prize anonymously as a $134.9 million lump-sum cash payout.

The Powerball lottery results Saturday were 6, 22, 34, 43, and 45, with Powerball number 23.  The Power Play number was 2.

Even though there was no jackpot winner, nine players matched the first five numbers for a $200,000 prize: 1 from Colorado, 1 from Connecticut, 1 from Florida, 1 from Indiana, 1 from Kentucky, 1 from New Jersey, 1 from New York, 1 from North Carolina, and 1 from North Dakota.

Two of the second-prize tickets, from North Carolina and North Dakota, were purchased with the Power Play option, so their prizes will be automatically increased to $1 million each.

For an extra $1 per ticket, players can purchase Power Play, which increases any non-jackpot prize the ticket wins by the Power Play number drawn that evening.  In the event of a second-prize win, Power Play always multiplies the prize by 5 times.

Powerball is played in 42 states, plus 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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gocart1's avatar - lighthouse
United States
Member #30516
January 17, 2006
429 Posts
Posted: April 3, 2011, 8:52 am - IP Logged

Great just great....now i have to keep my fingers crossed until thursday morning  just to see if i hit . I would stay up late wednesday night ,but i'm gettin too old for that....BEST OF LUCK TO EVERONE

    mightwin's avatar - questns

    United States
    Member #103786
    January 5, 2011
    486 Posts
    Posted: April 3, 2011, 9:10 am - IP Logged

    For everyone that plays for the cash option, the cash option for wed ($109 million )would be equivalent if the mega was advertised with a $172 million jackpot. I always play a few extra when the jackpot gets over $200 million but sometimes forget that Powerballs cash option hovers around 50% of advertised jackpot whereas Mega hovers around 63%. Not that I would complain with winning either though. Good luck to everyone!

      dallascowboyfan's avatar - tiana the-princess-and-the-frog.jpg
      United States
      Member #82391
      November 12, 2009
      6330 Posts
      Posted: April 3, 2011, 9:14 am - IP Logged

      It's been awhile since Oklahoma has had a Jackpot winner. So I am claiming this jackpot!!!!!

        sully16's avatar - sharan
        United States
        Member #81740
        October 28, 2009
        49089 Posts
        Posted: April 3, 2011, 9:27 am - IP Logged

        Good luck everyone.


          Coin Toss's avatar - shape barbed.jpg
          Zeta Reticuli Star System
          United States
          Member #30470
          January 17, 2006
          10507 Posts
          Posted: April 3, 2011, 9:38 am - IP Logged

          You have to know there's going to be more participants in office pools for this one!

          Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.


          There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

            maringoman's avatar - images q=tbn:ANd9GcTbRxpKQmOfcCoUqF2FyqIOAwDo7rg9G-lfJLAALPGWJWwiz19eRw
            United States
            Member #37433
            April 14, 2006
            2747 Posts
            Posted: April 3, 2011, 10:03 am - IP Logged

            I hope another group hits this one too.

            That money's gone fo ever

              Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
              United States
              Member #48725
              January 7, 2007
              1960 Posts
              Posted: April 3, 2011, 10:31 am - IP Logged

              I'm taking this one.

              Gonna win.Big Smile

                United States
                Member #53427
                July 7, 2007
                30 Posts
                Posted: April 3, 2011, 10:38 am - IP Logged

                Office pool ready to go for this one...10 of us, so $109 million would do just fine!

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                  United States
                  Member #32537
                  February 12, 2006
                  698 Posts
                  Posted: April 3, 2011, 11:01 am - IP Logged

                  you got that right mightwin, always compare the cash, as powerball just puts their in govt bonds longer to appear bigger


                  thro 109m cash jackpot m sure would be nice to bring to lawyers office , thro its nonething compared to  Mega millions Cash jackpots of 240m and 203m we just had this year


                  by the way, powerball biggest ever cash jackpot  amount was 177.2m  cash , february 18, 2006,   yet marketed as $365 million,       rather sad when MM beats Powerball Cash Record Twice in 1 year within 3 months of each other at that LOL  , powerball even has a stupid Annuity Jackpot cap, once it hits 390m, or 25m over old recold, a Jackpot cap goes into effect, all that money that could of made it fly up to 400m range, or more, goes instand into the 5-0 winner pool, but that bonus prize only gets paid out on whatever draw their is jackpot winner.

                  sure it be nice to win 5-0 and get even more money, but am playing for the jackpot, not 2nd's 

                  if they ever do hit the jackpot cap 390m is when it actives, , And it rolls again somehow by pure insane luck , they are idiots, as they would of passed up marketing a 500m buck jackpot  only to market a 415m jackpot !

                  , they are in truth only hurting their sells by a jackpot cap, and with their cash record of 177.2m vs 240m mega millions, They have no chance in hell of ever catching up to mega millions cash record.   

                  they have higher odds too, so powerball a sick joke to have its cash record broken twice this year alone by mega millions with less odds

                  MMs is the heavy weight, powerball the more clever one, its great at covering  up its weakness by looking bigger then it really is.

                  plus i think some group of 8 won that one 177m to,  but their no way in hell am playing in a group LOL, if someone tryed to sue me, i would not fight them in court and i would kill them. as that's how i treat thefts who rob me"wrong person"

                    United States
                    Member #14047
                    April 20, 2005
                    595 Posts
                    Posted: April 3, 2011, 12:37 pm - IP Logged

                    Frankly, I could care less about the differences between Mega Millions or Powerball.  Although, because Mega Millions was here in Maryland before Powerball, and I would have to drive across the D.C. line to play Powerball.  I JUST WANT TO WIN A HUGE JACKPOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I know my day is coming.  When its all said and done, when I walk in the door with my attorney and provide the ticket, the account number where my Cash Option can be wired, shake the hands of the Lottery Officials whether they are Powerball or Mega Millions officials will not matter in the least.

                      dpoly1's avatar - driver
                      United States
                      Member #66141
                      October 16, 2008
                      1733 Posts
                      Posted: April 3, 2011, 1:30 pm - IP Logged

                      Best of luck to everyone also, but it is time for Pennsylvania to have a big Jackpot Winner!


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                        A long and winding road
                        United States
                        Member #17084
                        June 10, 2005
                        4902 Posts
                        Posted: April 3, 2011, 1:38 pm - IP Logged

                        Best of luck to everyone also, but it is time for Pennsylvania to have a big Jackpot Winner!


                        I so Second that idea!! Dpoly! Lets win one for PA!!!!

                        ~~It often seems impossible, til it's done.

                          dphillips's avatar - littleuns
                          Albuquerque, New Mexico
                          United States
                          Member #5128
                          June 18, 2004
                          377 Posts
                          Posted: April 3, 2011, 4:33 pm - IP Logged

                          Well, the east coast and the west coast had winners. Now, it is New Mexico's turn to win. However, good luck to the person or persons who win, and I am sure -- with this economy -- he or she could use the money.

                          See Ya!-- Bye, bye!  When you win, may you glow as brightly as theSun Smiley

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                            Indianapolis, Indiana
                            United States
                            Member #108737
                            March 30, 2011
                            5 Posts
                            Posted: April 3, 2011, 5:05 pm - IP Logged

                            Good luck everyone....Indiana is claiming this prize.....Indy specificallyPartyNewbie on the block!