The jackpot in America’s favorite lottery game is growing. Even though the grand prize was not awarded Saturday evening, two tickets in Colorado and Tennessee matched all five white numbers with the Power Play and won $400,000 cash each.

Two other tickets in Arizona and Missouri matched all five white ball numbers for a $200,000 cash win each as well. In addition, 462,112 tickets across the nation won a total of $4,054,666 in prizes.

Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday’s drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $59 million. The cash option for the Wednesday, Oct. 29 drawing will be an estimated $30.4 million.

Other prizes won Saturday evening included twenty-one tickets that matched four white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000.

Eight additional tickets at this prize level were also purchased with the Power Play option that multiplied winnings 2 times to $20,000 cash.

A total of 91,139 winning Powerball tickets multiplied their prizes by two Saturday. Players were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you multiply your Powerball winnings from two to five 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 $20,423,351 in Powerball and Power Play tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.

The lotteries sold more than $2.56 billion in Powerball tickets in FY08. That translates into more than $743 million for worthwhile state projects.

Powerball is now played in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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