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Powerball Jackpot Reaches $145 Million

Apr 29, 2004, 7:52 am

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Five lottery players across the nation were just one ball shy of winning the world's largest current lottery jackpot Wednesday night. The ball those players were missing was the Powerball.
 
There were no Powerball jackpot winners Wednesday but 765,908 players across the nation won a total of more than $4.5 million in prizes in America's Game.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $145 million. The cash option for the Saturday, May 1 drawing will be an estimated $76.3 million.

The numbers drawn were: 27, 34, 42, 49, 52 and the Powerball was 23. The Power Play multiplier was 2.

Five players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The tickets were sold in Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. 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.

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

More than 73,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 2 Wednesday. 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 Wednesday, March 17 drawing. The drawing on Wednesday night was the 13th consecutive draw without being hit. More than 5.7 million Powerball players across the nation have won a total of almost $44 million in cash prizes since this jackpot run started.

Players purchased more than 27.6 million tickets between Sunday and Wednesday 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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Posted: April 29, 2004, 11:31 am - IP Logged

I sure would like to see a small state win the powerball this time like Oregon.  Say in the Willamina/Sheridan area of the state.  But if not Oregon then Idaho.  One of the Powerball states on the west side of the Powerball game. 

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    Columbia,Pa
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    Posted: April 29, 2004, 5:52 pm - IP Logged

    On the West side of the Powerball game? Excuse the pun, do you mean the other side of the railroad tracks?

    Chas

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      Posted: April 29, 2004, 8:25 pm - IP Logged

      the eastern group of states has a clear advantage in terms of winning the jackpot because those states are more populated.  sure the chance of each ticket winning the jackpot are as equal as the nexy, but if a state has a lot of people, then more people will play, and if a state has more people playing, then it will have more people winning.

      I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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        Posted: April 29, 2004, 8:30 pm - IP Logged

        Wisconsin might win this one...yep, it just might. I would consider it an honor to win this one for Wisconsin.  A few more roll-overs would be appreciated to a number of let's say $315M

        ... the lottery never fails to surprise!
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          Posted: April 29, 2004, 8:31 pm - IP Logged

          i think if it keeps rolling over, PA will have the winner.  if it doesn't, I see a split between Colorado, Vermont, North Dakota, Tennessee, and the US Virgin Islands.

          I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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            Posted: April 30, 2004, 4:54 am - IP Logged
            Quote: Originally posted by DoctorEw220 on April 29, 2004


            PA will have the winner. 


            I always hope for that  ;-)

            Playing more than one ticket per game is betting against yourself.

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              Posted: April 30, 2004, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

              I think the winner will be from Indiana - AGAIN! If you check the MULTI-STATE LOTTERY ASSOCIATION website (www.musl.com) you will find that Indiana has had at least one winner every year since 1994. They already had one this year, four in 2003, and two in 2002. In fact back in 1996 they had four winners but one winner was from West Virginia who bought his ticket in Indiana! The MUSL website also stated that Idaho had two big winners back in 1996 ($48 million) and 1995 ($87.5 million).

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                Posted: April 30, 2004, 2:25 pm - IP Logged
                Quote: Originally posted by siloviki on April 30, 2004



                I think the winner will be from Indiana - AGAIN! If you check the MULTI-STATE LOTTERY ASSOCIATION website (www.musl.com) you will find that Indiana has had at least one winner every year since 1994. They already had one this year, four in 2003, and two in 2002. In fact back in 1996 they had four winners but one winner was from West Virginia who bought his ticket in Indiana! The MUSL website also stated that Idaho had two big winners back in 1996 ($48 million) and 1995 ($87.5 million).




                Also may mean that Indiana is due for a cold streak. Indiana has had a lot of winners as of late. The odds may be against them having another one. Good luck to all states though, especially the great state of Wisconsin :).
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                  Posted: April 30, 2004, 2:47 pm - IP Logged

                  i think IN will never have a cold streak.  they are just too populated, and there are too many Powerball players.  also, remember that one of the winning Powerball tickets in IN from 2002 was never claimed.

                  I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.


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                    Posted: April 30, 2004, 4:16 pm - IP Logged

                    Connecticut has gone almost SEVEN YEARS since its last "winner"-back when there was no                    cash option.

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                      Posted: May 2, 2004, 7:23 pm - IP Logged
                      Quote: Originally posted by CASH Only on April 30, 2004


                      Connecticut has gone almost SEVEN YEARS since its last "winner"-back when there was no                    cash option.



                      CT is a very small state.  Small states with small populations are less likely to sell a winner than the bigger states.  Sure it happens, but not too often.

                      I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

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                        Posted: May 2, 2004, 9:13 pm - IP Logged

                        You have the same chance of winning no matter where you purchase tickets. The lottery terminal machine does not have a brain. It is unaware of populations and state boundary lines.

                        Chas 

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                          Posted: May 3, 2004, 1:43 am - IP Logged

                          i'm not talking about winning.  i'm talking about the states that are likely to sell a jackpot winner.

                          I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.