2005-08-11 07:48:43.0

$93.4 Million Powerball Jackpot Won in New Mexico!

Story Photo Powerball paid off big for one lucky ticket Wednesday night. The winning ticket worth $93.4 million was purchased in New Mexico. The winner will now have to decide between the 29-year, 30-payment annuity and the cash option worth $52,189,495. The winner will have 60 days after their ticket is validated to make that decision. In addition to the jackpot winner, 545,978 other Powerball players across the nation won a total of almost $4.7 million in cash prizes. The numbers drawn Wednesday evening were 13, 31, 36, 38, 49 and the Powerball was 2. The Power Play multiplier was 5. Seven lucky tickets matched all five white-ball numbers for a win of $100,000 each. Those tickets were sold in Colorado, Iowa, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Carolina (2), and Wisconsin. Thirty players matched four white-ball numbers plus the Powerball and won $5,000. Six additional winners of that prize level also purchased the Power Play option, giving them a total win of $25,000! More than 65,800 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 multiply your Powerball winnings from 2-5 times, 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 $22.4 million in tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night. The jackpot for the Saturday, August 13 drawing will be $10 million. Powerball is now played in 27 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Source: Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL)

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