2005-02-24 16:20:44.0

$18.7 Million Powerball Jackpot Won in Idaho

Story Photo Powerball paid off $18.7 million for one lucky winner who bought their ticket in Idaho Wednesday night. 

The winner will now have to decide to receive his or her prize in 30 annual payments or take the cash option worth $10,397,024. The winner will have 60 days after their ticket is validated to make that decision.

In addition to the jackpot winner, 315,003 other Powerball players across the nation won a total of almost $2.2 million in cash prizes. 

The numbers drawn were: 4, 10, 15, 48, 51 and the Powerball was 13. The Power Play multiplier was 4.

Unfortunately, no one matched all five white-ball numbers for the $100,000 prize.   However, nineteen players matched four white-ball numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000.  Two additional winners of that prize level also purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $20,000.

More than 47,600 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 4 on Wednesday. They were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for $1. With Power Play, players can multiply their Powerball winnings, 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 more than $12.2 million in tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.

The jackpot for the Saturday, Feb. 26 drawing will be $10 million.

The lotteries sold more than $2.2 billion in Powerball tickets in FY04. That translates into more than $660 million for worthwhile state projects.

Powerball is now played in 27 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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