2005-03-17 13:20:02.0

Pennsylvania Sells $18.7 Million Winning Powerball(R) Jackpot Ticket

MIDDLETOWN, Pa., March 17 -- One Pennsylvania Powerball® winning ticket matched all five white balls, 11-19-25-38-50, and the red Powerball®, 35, in the Wednesday, March 16, 2005, drawing. The winning ticket is worth $18.7 million.

The winner has 60 days from the date he or she claims a prize to decide between a $18.7 million annuity paid over 29 years or a one-time payment of $10,166,550.04.

The Pennsylvania Lottery encourages the holder of the winning ticket to sign the back of the ticket, contact a financial adviser, and then contact Lottery Headquarters, (717) 986-4720. The prize must be claimed at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County. A claim can be filed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Pennsylvania Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of the March 16, 2005, Powerball® jackpot winner until the prize has been claimed and the ticket validated. At this time, no claim has been filed.

This is the fourth winning Powerball® jackpot ticket sold in Pennsylvania since the December 8, 2004, drawing and the second winning Powerball® jackpot ticket sold here in the last eight weeks. Pennsylvania sold the lone winning jackpot ticket for the January 22, 2005, Powerball® drawing worth $14,734,333.80 cash.

The Powerball® jackpot returns to an estimated $10 million annuity and an estimated $5.4 million cash prize for the Saturday, March 19, 2005, drawing. Powerball® tickets are sold in 29 participating jurisdictions - 27 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

How to play Powerball®: To play Powerball®, players pay $1 and select five white balls from the first set of 53 numbers plus a single red ball, the Powerball, from a second set of 42 numbers. Players may select their own numbers using a Powerball® play slip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks. Players must match all five numbers drawn plus the Powerball® number to win the jackpot. There also are eight additional ways for players to win a cash prize.

Powerball® features an option called PowerPlay®. For an extra $1 per Powerball® play (game), players can multiply their Powerball® prizes by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times the original prize amount for all prizes EXCEPT the jackpot. Prizes can multiply up to $500,000.

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