Monday, October 17, 2005

Jackpot !

The "Powerball" lottery has risen to a record $340 million dollar jackpot. As a result, thanks to lottery rules, there is even a bigger jackpot than usual for those who fall just short as well. To win the ultimate $340 mill pot, you would need to pick five balls correctly, and then in addition you would need to exactly match the "powerball" number. However, thanks to the huge amount in the pot and lotto rules, there is now $18 million in the pot for those who just match the five numbers, even without then matching the "powerball"! Even more chances to become wealthy! The lottery officials estimate that, whether anyone finally wins the overall pot or not, there will be approximately 30 of those "Match-5" winners. The "Powerball" is played in 27 U.S. states, as well as Washington DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The previous record was $314 million, taken by a single winner back in 2002.....on Christmas Day! Here's to a happy holiday. Now, I gotta run. Gotta scrape together some bucks for some tickets!


D. Maria said...

I’m only going to purchase 1 ticket. I’ll never win, but just in case… ;)

Matt Veasey said...

From the AP:

A ticket sold in Oregon matched all six numbers drawn in Wednesday's Powerball (search) game to win the $340 million jackpot.

The drawing capped off a day of heavy sales in all 27 states where Powerball is played, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

It was the largest jackpot in the game's history and the second-biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday evening were 7, 21, 43, 44, 49 and 29.

There were 47 tickets sold that matched the first fot had been snowballing since mid-August, with 20 straight drawings in which no one won the grand prize.

"We're swimming in it today," said Marianne Ward at the Cash & Dash in Little River, S.C. "We've sold more than $2,000 in tickets since 6 a.m."

Mary Neubauer, spokeswoman for the Iowa Lottery, said hundreds of ticket buyers had played a set of numbers from the ABC (search) drama "Lost," which featured a character who won $156 million by playing a string of digits obtained from a patient in a mental institution: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42.

"I just think it speaks to people's fascination with numbers and the what-if factor," Neubauer said.

The odds of hitting all six numbers were 1 in 146 million.

The biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was $363 million, won by two ticket holders in Illinois and Michigan in 2000.