SOURCE: Multi-State Lottery Association

August 17, 2008 00:37 ET

Powerball Jackpot Moves to $43 Million; Two $1 Million Power Play Prizes Won!

POWERBALL--(Marketwire - August 17, 2008) - The jackpot in America's favorite lottery game is on the move. Even though the grand prize was not awarded Saturday evening, 2 lucky tickets in Connecticut (1), and Vermont (1) matched all 5 white numbers with the Power Play and won $1 million cash each! Five other winners matched all 5 white numbers for $200,000 in the states of Colorado (2), Louisiana (1), Pennsylvania (1), and South Carolina (1). In addition, 411,809 tickets across the nation won a total of $6,669,772 in prizes.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $43 million!

The cash option for the Wednesday, August 20th drawing will be an estimated $21.2 million.

The numbers drawn Saturday night were 5, 34, 40, 43, 52 and the Powerball was 20. The Power Play multiplier was 5.

Other prizes won Saturday evening included sixteen tickets that matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000. Four additional tickets at this prize level were also wisely purchased with the Power Play option that multiplied winnings 5 times to $50,000 cash!

A total of 84,856 winning Powerball tickets multiplied their prizes by 5 Saturday. Players were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you multiply your Powerball winnings from 2 to 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 $18,699,379 in Powerball and Power Play tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.

The lotteries sold more than $2.56 billion in Powerball tickets in FY08. That translates into more than $743 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
    515.453.1404
    Multi-State Lottery Association