Powerball Jackpot Hits Record $340 Million, Bonus In Effect
Powerball has reached a record $340 million for this Wednesday night’s drawing, and a new feature added to Powerball in October 2002 - the Match 5 BONUS Prize - kicks in for the first time. The bonus feature is designed to provide more players with the opportunity to share in such a large prize.
"I think players are going to be very excited about the bonus feature," said Larry Jansen, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. "There is a potential to make several millionaires in one drawing."
Here’s how the bonus prize works: the Match 5 Bonus Prize is activated only after a previous record jackpot is exceeded. At each record, the jackpot will be increased in increments of $25 million, and sales above this amount will be added to a new Match 5 Bonus Prize Fund. In this case, the previous record jackpot was $314.9 million on Dec. 25, 2002. Since the jackpot rolled Saturday and surpassed this record jackpot, the jackpot grew by $25 million, and the remaining sales were deposited in the Bonus Prize Fund until the jackpot is hit.
If the jackpot is won Wednesday, the Bonus Prize Fund will be divided equally among the winners who match all five white-ball numbers (the second-level prize) and will be paid in cash. This prize money is paid in addition to the fixed prize of $200,000 or any amount made larger by the Power Play multiplier.
When the jackpot is hit, the exact amount of the bonus prizes will depend on the number of players who match all five white-ball numbers and the Bonus Prize Fund level, which is currently estimated at $15 million.
If the jackpot isn’t won on Wednesday, next Saturday’s jackpot will increase another $25 million to $365 million, and the remaining sales will be added to the Match 5 Bonus Prize Fund.
"The best part is that the Bonus Prize is automatic and is available at no additional cost to the player," said Jansen.
Jansen said it is very important during this record jackpot that people play responsibly.
"It literally only takes $1 to win," Jansen said.
According to Lottery records, one player matched all five white-ball numbers in Saturday’s drawing to win $200,000. That ticket was sold at Casey’s, 305 E. Evergreen in Cameron. Nine players who bought Powerball tickets in Missouri matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number to win $10,000. Those tickets were sold at:
- Town & Country, 335 Highways 21 & 106 in Ellington;
- Snak Atak, 2602 McClelland in Joplin;
- QuikTrip, 6805 N. Hanley Road in Berkeley;
- Champion Express, 1840 S. Jefferson in Lebanon;
- Gold Rush Express, 1212 S. Ash in Buffalo;
- Quick Run, 1003 S. Hughes in Hamilton;
- Gator Flats, 119 Long Road in Chesterfield;
- Hy-Vee Food Stores, 1801-03 E. Ninth St. in Trenton;
- QuikTrip, 1225 S. Noland Road in Independence.