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Powerball Jackpot Jumps to $24 Million

PowerballPowerball: Powerball Jackpot Jumps to $24 Million

America's favorite lottery game is on a roll again. There were no Powerball jackpot winners Saturday but 370,808 players across the nation won a total of more than $2.4 million in prizes in America's Game.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $24 million.

The cash option for the Wednesday, May 19 drawing will be an estimated $12.2 million.

The numbers drawn were: 1, 26, 27, 43, 46, and the Powerball was 31. The Power Play multiplier was 2.

Three players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The tickets were sold in Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. The winning Tennessee player purchased the Power Play option. By spending the extra dollar that player 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. Two of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $10,000.

More than 50,000 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 13.4 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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twisted's avatar - underground
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Posted: May 17, 2004, 12:37 pm - IP Logged

WOW.  The sales seem to be very strong and the rollovers are getting bigger and bigger.  THANK YOU TENNESSEE

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    Posted: May 17, 2004, 2:07 pm - IP Logged

    it's not just TN.  it's all of the states, even the USVI (even though it isn't a state).  one state cannot carry a multi-state game.

    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 17, 2004, 2:52 pm - IP Logged

       and Wi

      ... the lottery never fails to surprise!
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        Posted: May 17, 2004, 4:09 pm - IP Logged
        Quote: Originally posted by DoctorEw220 on May 17, 2004


        it's not just TN.  it's all of the states, even the USVI (even though it isn't a state).  one state cannot carry a multi-state game.



        Sure it cant carry a multi-state game, but since it brings a new pool of customers that didnt have a chance to play a lottery before, and also neighboring states that dont have a lottery, I would say Tennessee is a big part of the new BIG rollovers.  And I do agree that all other states are seeing an increase in sales due to the summer season.

        WISCONSIN TOO.  GO BADGERS!!!!


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          Posted: May 17, 2004, 4:13 pm - IP Logged

          twisted:

          Actually, I once read that lottery sales drop almost 10 percent in the summer, due to vacations.

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            Posted: May 17, 2004, 4:20 pm - IP Logged
            Quote: Originally posted by CASH Only on May 17, 2004



            twisted:

            Actually, I once read that lottery sales drop almost 10 percent in the summer, due to vacations.




            Really? I always thought that the summer brought more money for the lotteries.  But ofcourse I dont have anything to back that up with.  Maybe you are right.
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              Posted: May 17, 2004, 7:48 pm - IP Logged

              Don't forget about those out of state players like me that played for 3-4 advanced drawings when the jackpot reached $200 to save an extra drive back if the jackpot rolled over 2-3 more times.

              RJOh

               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                 
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                Posted: May 17, 2004, 8:36 pm - IP Logged

                What sort of surprises me is that yes the rollovers are bigger which can only mean more sales are being produced, but at the same time when the jackpots get up to the $200 million and it is won, as of late the jackpot has been won by one person. It seems as of late that both Mega Millions and Powerball last few large jackpots (over $200 million) have only sold one winning ticket. If more people are playing then wouldn't logic and probability suggest that there would be multiple winners on a large jackpot. I think it has been a while since a large jackpot has been shared by two, three, or four people.

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                  Posted: May 18, 2004, 12:20 am - IP Logged

                    If there were usually multiple winners on a large jackpot, then wouldn't it make sense that someone would win the jackpot before it got that large?

                    BTW, the last time the Powerball jackpot was > $200 million was on New Year's Eve 2003, and that jackpot was split between two winners.

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                    Posted: May 18, 2004, 12:22 am - IP Logged
                    Quote: Originally posted by whodeani on May 17, 2004


                    What sort of surprises me is that yes the rollovers are bigger which can only mean more sales are being produced, but at the same time when the jackpots get up to the $200 million and it is won, as of late the jackpot has been won by one person. It seems as of late that both Mega Millions and Powerball last few large jackpots (over $200 million) have only sold one winning ticket. If more people are playing then wouldn't logic and probability suggest that there would be multiple winners on a large jackpot. I think it has been a while since a large jackpot has been shared by two, three, or four people.


                    Mega Millions has NEVER had multiple winners of a single jackpot.

                     

                    Check the State Lottery Report Card
                    What grade did your lottery earn?

                     

                    Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
                    Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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                      Posted: May 18, 2004, 1:15 am - IP Logged

                      actually, it had.  a $70 million jackpot was shared by 3 tickets.  one person in GA had 2 of them, and one person in MI had the other one.

                      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 18, 2004, 1:17 am - IP Logged

                        http://www.megamillions.com/player/news_alert_detail.asp?artid=644


                        i believe it happened on nov. 11. 2003.

                        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 18, 2004, 2:49 pm - IP Logged

                          right you are!

                          "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields