August 31, 2003
$135.6 Million Powerball Jackpot Won In New Hampshire
Powerball paid off big for one winning ticket sold in New Hampshire. That ticket is worth $135.6 million.
The winner will have to decide if they want 29-year annuity or the cash option worth $70.8 million. The ticket holder will have 60 days after the ticket is validated to make that decision.
The $135.6 million dollar jackpot is the 8th largest Powerball jackpot in history. It is the 5th largest Powerball jackpot won by a single ticket.
In addition to the jackpot winner, 896,881 other Powerball players across the nation won a total of $7,445,737 million in prizes Saturday night. This 13-draw jackpot run started on Saturday, July 19. During this run, 6.1 million Powerball players won a total of approximately $49.1 million in cash prizes.
The numbers drawn were: 9, 35, 36, 41, 49 and the Powerball was 33. The Power Play multiplier was 3.
Eighteen players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000. The tickets were sold in Iowa, Indiana (2), Kansas (2), Kentucky (2), Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina (4), and West Virginia. Two of winning South Carolina players purchased the Power Play option. By spending the extra dollar those players multiplied their prize by 3 for a total win of $300,000.
Sixty-nine players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Seven of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $15,000.
More than 79,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 3 Saturday. 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 night’s multiplier.
Players purchased more than 36 million tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.
The jackpot for the Wednesday, September 3 drawing will be $10 million with a cash option of $5.2 million.
The lotteries sold $1.6 billion in Powerball tickets in 2002. That translates into more than $480 million for worthwhile state projects.
Powerball is now played in 24 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.