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2002-06-10 08:48:42.0

## Winning Powerball Ticket Sold In West Virginia

Powerball paid off big Saturday night for one winning ticket sold in West Virginia. The winner of the \$30.6 million Powerball jackpot now has to decide if they want the 25-year annuity or the \$16.9 million cash option. The ticket holder will have 60 days after the ticket is validated to make that decision. In addition to the jackpot winner, 242,994 other players across the nation won a total of more than \$2 million in prizes in America’s Game. The numbers drawn were: 26, 37, 42, 46, 48, and the Powerball was 38. The Power Play multiplier was 3. Six players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won \$100,000. The \$100,000 winning tickets were sold in Arizona, Louisiana (2), Minnesota (2), and West Virginia. None of the six players purchased the Power Play option for a dollar; if they had they would have multiplied the prize by 3 for a total win of \$300,000. Twenty players matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won \$5,000. One of those players purchased the Power Play option and multiplied their prize by 3 for a total win of \$15,000. More than 15,000 winning Powerball players multiplied their prize by 3 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. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel is spun to select that night’s multiplier. More than 1.6 million Powerball players across the nation have won prizes since this jackpot run started in May. 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 10 million tickets between Thursday and Saturday night. The jackpot for the Wednesday, June 12 drawing will be \$10 million with a \$5.6 million cash option. The lotteries sold \$1.3 billion in Powerball tickets in 2001. That translates into more than \$400 million for worthwhile state projects. Powerball is played in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Pennsylvania will begin selling Powerball tickets on June 27.

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