Powerball Spins out of Orbit
By Linda
The excitement is building and the biggest lottery jackpot

in the country is on the rise again. There were no jackpot winners Wednesday but 409,912 players across the nation won a total of more than $4.1 million in prizes in America's Game.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $84 million.

The cash option for the Saturday, October 26 drawing will be an estimated $44.6 million.

The numbers drawn were: 2, 14, 18, 30, 31, and the Powerball was 36. The Power Play multiplier was 5.

Four players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The winning tickets were sold in Missouri, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania (2). One of the winning players from Pennsylvania purchased the Power Play option. By spending the extra dollar, that player multiplied their prize by 5 for a total win of $500,000!

Sixty-two players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Ten of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $25,000!

More than 45,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 5 Wednesday. 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 nights multiplier.

This current jackpot run started with the Wednesday, September 18 drawing. The drawing on Wednesday night was the 11th consecutive draw without being hit. More than 3.4 million Powerball players across the nation have won a total of more than $32.7 million in prizes since this jackpot run started in mid-September.

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 17 million tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.

The lotteries sold $1.3 billion in Powerball tickets in 2001. That translates into more than $400 million for worthwhile state projects.

Powerball is now played in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

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