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May 9, 2004

$213.2 Million Powerball Jackpot Won In Pennsylvania

Story Photo Somewhere in Pennsylvania, one lucky Powerball player has more than 200 million reasons to celebrate Mother’s Day this year. That’s because that person has the one winning ticket worth $213.2 million. The $213.2 million jackpot ranks as the sixth largest Powerball jackpot ever, and the ninth largest lottery jackpot all-time. It also ranks as the fourth largest jackpot ever won by a single ticket. The winner will now have to decide between the 30-year annuity payment and the cash option worth $110.2 million. The winner will have 60 days after their ticket is validated to make that decision. In addition to the jackpot winner, 1,689,528 other Powerball players across the nation won a total of more than $13.8 million in cash prizes. This 16-draw jackpot run started with the Wednesday, March 17, drawing. During this run, almost 9.6 million Powerball players across the nation won a total of more than $73.5 million in cash prizes. The numbers drawn were: 3, 9, 17, 37, 43 and the Powerball was 39. The Power Play multiplier was 4. Twenty-two players correctly matched the five white-ball numbers to win the game’s second-level prize of $100,000. The tickets were sold in Arizona, Colorado (3), Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana (4), Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania (3), South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Of those players, three purchased the Power Play option. The Power Play winning tickets were purchased in Indiana, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. Because those three players spent the extra dollar, they multiplied their prize by 4 for a total win of $400,000. A total of 131 players matched four white-ball numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Fourteen of those players purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $20,000. More than 123,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 4 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. Players purchased more than 63.1 million tickets between Thursday and Saturday night. The lotteries sold more than $2 billion in Powerball tickets in 2003. That translates into more than $600 million for worthwhile state projects. The jackpot for the Wednesday, May 12, drawing will be $10 million with a cash option of $5.2 million. Powerball is now played in 26 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Maine will begin selling Powerball tickets this summer.





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