SOURCE: Multi-State Lottery Association

March 20, 2008 08:25 ET

Powerball Jackpot at $20 Million; $800,000 Power Play Prize Won!

POWERBALL--(Marketwire - March 20, 2008) - Even though the grand prize was not hit Wednesday evening, Powerball paid off in big ways. One lucky ticket in North Carolina (1) won $800,000 cash with the Power Play option! In addition, four tickets in Louisiana (1), North Carolina (2), and Nebraska (1) matched all 5 white ball numbers for a $200,000 win.

The jackpot for the Saturday, March 22nd drawing will be $20 million with the cash option at $10.1 million.

The numbers drawn Saturday evening were 6, 8, 29, 41, 49, and the Powerball was 42. The Power Play multiplier was 4.

Twenty-one tickets matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000. Four additional players of that prize level wisely purchased the Power Play and had their prize multiplied by 4 for a $40,000 cash win! A total of 420,376 tickets across the nation won more than $4.8 million in prizes playing America's favorite game.

A total of 76,018 winning Powerball tickets multiplied their prize by 4 Wednesday. Players were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for $1. With Power Play you multiply your Powerball winnings from 2-5 times, 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 $18,068,468 in Powerball and Power Play tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.

The lotteries sold $2.5 billion in Powerball tickets in fiscal year 2007. That translates into over $725 million for worthwhile state projects.

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

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Doug Orr
    Multi-State Lottery Association