If you are looking for fun, excitement, and the biggest lottery jackpot in the world look no further than Powerball. There were no jackpot winners Saturday but 759,003 Powerball players across the nation won a total of more than $5.2 million in prizes in America's Game.
Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $115 million.
The cash option for the Wednesday, August 27 drawing will be an estimated $59.5 million.
The numbers drawn were: 1, 39, 46, 50, 51, and the Powerball was 7. The Power Play multiplier was 5.
Two players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The winning tickets were sold in Louisiana and New Hampshire. The winning players did not purchase the Power Play option. If they had, they would have multiplied their prize by 5 for a total win of $500,000.
Forty-nine players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Six of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $25,000.
More than 75,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 5 Saturday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you can multiply your winnings, except for the jackpot. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel is spun to select that night's multiplier.
This current jackpot run started with the Saturday, July 19 drawing. The drawing on Saturday night was the 11th consecutive draw without being hit. More than 4.4 million Powerball players across the nation have won a total of almost $36 million in cash prizes since this jackpot run started in mid July.
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 almost 28 million tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.
The lotteries sold $1.6 billion in Powerball tickets in 2002. That translates into more than $480 million for worthwhile state projects.