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One Powerball Ticket Holder in Nebraska Wins $365 Million Jackpot
One Ticket Holder in Ardmore Wins $667,142

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – February 19, 2006 – One ticket holder in Nebraska won the $365 million Powerball jackpot for matching the six winning numbers from last night’s drawing. The winner will now have to decide between the $365 million jackpot, paid out in an annuity, and the lump sum cash option worth $177.3 million. The winner will have 60 days after the ticket is claimed to make that decision.

 

Saturday night’s winning Powerball numbers were 15-17-43-44-48, with Powerball number 29. The Power Play number was 4.

 

Oklahoma’s Powerball game produced eight prize winners of $10,000 or higher, including:

  • One player who won $667,142 ($200,000 for matching 5 white balls, plus $467,142 from the Match 5 Bonus Pool). The winning ticket was sold in Ardmore.
  • Seven third-level prize winners who each won a minimum of $10,000. Winning tickets were sold in Dewey, Dover, Duncan, Oklahoma City, Seminole, Tulsa and Yukon. Three of the seven winners also purchased the Power Play option and increased their prize winnings to $40,000. For an extra $1, Power Play gives players a chance to multiply their Powerball winnings (not including the jackpot) by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times the
    original prize amount.

In addition to the record-setting grand prize that was won, the new Match 5 Bonus pool reached $19.6 million, giving each of last night’s 39 match 5 white ball winners an additional $467,142 cash bonus besides the normal prize of $200,000, plus any Power Play winnings.

 

The new Match 5 Bonus Prize pool, implemented in 2005, works this way:

  • When the Powerball jackpot reaches a record level, the amount of the jackpot prize is limited to increases for each draw of no more than $25 million.
  • Jackpot prize money collected in excess of the maximum $25 million increase is placed into the Match 5 Bonus prize pool and accumulates until there is a jackpot winner.
  • On the night the record Powerball jackpot is hit (in this instance, last night), the Match 5 Bonus prize pool is divided equally among all winners of the Match 5 prize for that drawing.
  • Match 5 Bonus prize money is in addition to any Power Play prizes that may also be won. If, for example, a player matches all five white balls on the night the jackpot is won, and also purchased the Power Play option, his or her base prize money of $200,000 will be multiplied by the Power Play multiplier drawn (2, 3, 4, or 5).
  • The Power Play number does not multiply the Match 5 Bonus prize; only the base prize money is multiplied.
  • Match 5 Bonus prizes are paid in one cash lump sum.
  • The Match 5 Bonus feature does not require any additional purchase.
  • Last night’s drawing produced 39 Match 5 Bonus prize winners.
     

“The growing jackpot helped ignite not only Powerball participation, but also helped to stimulate additional interest in our Pick 3 game,” said Scroggins. “This significant increase in our overall sales has resulted in nearly $8 million for education for our state in just the last
four weeks.”

 

The Wednesday, February 22 Powerball jackpot will be $15 million.

 

Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m. (CST) and are telecast live on the lottery’s drawing stations – KOKH-Fox and KOCB-WB in Oklahoma City, and on KWBT-WB in Tulsa. Results are also available immediately after each drawing on the lottery’s official website at www.lottery.ok.gov and are distributed to the media for television
and radio broadcast as well as printed daily in newspapers throughout the state.


Players can purchase Powerball tickets – and the optional Power Play multiplying feature – at lottery-contracted retail locations throughout the state until 7:59 p.m. (CST) on the night of the drawing.

 

All profits from the Oklahoma Lottery are used to support improvements and enhancements for educational purposes and programs at all levels – from Pre-Kindergarten to higher education.

 

For more information, please visit the Oklahoma State Lottery Commissions website at www.lottery.ok.gov or call Marisa Schreiber at 405.840.3201.

 

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