Nineteen 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, but an incredible 1,175,278 prizes were paid out for a total of more than $9.3 million worth of winnings in America's Game.
Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $215 million.
The cash option for the Saturday, October 9 drawing will be an estimated $117.3 million.
The numbers drawn were: 5, 6, 19, 44, 50 and the Powerball was 28. The Power Play multiplier was 4.
Nineteen players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The tickets were sold in Connecticut (3), Indiana (2), Kansas, Kentucky (3), Minnesota, Missouri (2), Pennsylvania (5), Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
Sixty-eight players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Two additional players not only matched 4+1, but also purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $20,000.
Over 100,000 winning Powerball plays were multiplied by 4. Winners 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, from 2 to 5 times. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel is spun to select that night's multiplier.
This current jackpot run started with the Wednesday, August 18 drawing. The drawing on Wednesday night was the 15th consecutive draw without being hit.
Players purchased more than $47 million in tickets between Wednesday and Saturday night.
The lotteries sold more than $2.2 billion in Powerball tickets in FY04. That translates into more than $660 million for worthwhile state projects.