SOURCE: Multi-State Lottery Association

March 16, 2008 08:13 ET

$276.3 Million Powerball Jackpot Won in West Virginia!

POWERBALL--(Marketwire - March 16, 2008) - One lucky ticket in West Virginia matched all 6 numbers Saturday and walked away with the $276.3 million jackpot. The holder of the winning ticket will now have to decide to either take the 29-year, 30-installment annuity, or the one time cash "lump sum" amount of $139,421,731.

There were a total of 1,946,282 additional winning tickets in America's Game Saturday evening. Those winners won prizes totaling $14,133,932.

The numbers drawn were 6, 22, 42, 43, 47 and the Powerball was 16. The Power Play multiplier was 2.

Twelve tickets correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $200,000. These tickets were sold in Arizona (1), Colorado (1), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (1), Minnesota (1), North Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (3), and Wisconsin (1). Two other tickets at this prize level sold in Iowa (1) and North Carolina (1) also had the Power Play and multiplied their winnings by two for a total of $400,000 cash each.

Eighty-six tickets matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000. Fourteen additional players not only matched 4+1, but also purchased the Power Play option, multiplying their prize by 2 for a total win of $20,000!

A total of 236,015 winning Powerball plays were multiplied by 2 Saturday evening. Winners were able to do so 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.

Players purchased $81,569,141 in Powerball and Power Play tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.

The jackpot for Wednesday, March 19th will be $15 million.

The lotteries sold more than $2.5 billion in Powerball tickets in FY07. That translates into more than $725 million for worthwhile state projects.

Powerball is now played in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information on Powerball, please visit our website at www.powerball.com

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Doug Orr
    Multi-State Lottery Association
    515-453-1404