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# Powerball Reaches \$31 Million

March may be winding down but the action in America's favorite lottery game is heating up. More people are playing, and more people are winning Powerball.

There were no Powerball jackpot winners Saturday but 335,493 players across the nation won a total of more than \$2.8 million in prizes in America's Game.

North Dakota players got their first taste of Powerball this week. Tickets went on sale for the first time Thursday morning and Saturday night's drawing produced more than 7,000 cash prize winners for Powerball's newest lottery.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated \$31 million.

The cash option for the Wednesday, March 31 drawing will be an estimated \$17.6 million.

The numbers drawn were: 2, 15, 17, 30, 34, and the Powerball was 32. The Power Play multiplier was 2.

Nine players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won \$100,000. The tickets were sold in Delaware, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and West Virginia. None of the winners purchased the Power Play option. If they had, they would have multiplied their prize by 2 for a total win of \$200,000.

Twenty-three players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won \$5,000. Seven of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of \$10,000.

More than 44,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 2 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.

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 12.5 million tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.

The lotteries sold more than \$2 billion in Powerball tickets in 2003. That translates into more than \$600 million for worthwhile state projects.

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