Powerball Winners in Oklahoma’s First Drawing Total 33,679
Jackpot Grows to $87 Million
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – January 16, 2006 – 33,679 lottery players purchasing Powerball tickets from Oklahoma retailers won $255,160 in the state’s first Powerball drawing on Saturday, including one Oklahoma winner who won $10,000 by matching four of the five white balls, plus the red Powerball.
No ticket won the top prize in Saturday’s January 14, 2006 Powerball drawing by matching all five white balls 6 - 14 - 40 - 46 - 49, plus the red Powerball 17. That means the Wednesday, January 18, 2006 Powerball jackpot will be an estimated $87 million. The one-time cash option for Wednesday night’s draw is an estimated $43.1 million.
“If all of our Powerball prize winners selected the Power Play option, an additional $499,700 would have been won in Oklahoma on Saturday. Approximately 22% of the winning tickets bought by Oklahoma players did select the Power Play option which indicates that Power Play is likely to be a very popular and appealing component of this game,” said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery.
Had the state’s first $10,000 Powerball winner also selected the Power Play option for an extra $1, he would have won $50,000. The multiplier number was 5. In all, 7,248 Oklahoma Lottery players chose Power Play and multiplied their winnings by five.
Players have 180 days from Saturday’s drawing date to claim their Powerball prizes.
Total sales for Powerball and Power Play for last Saturday’s drawing were $1,368,113. Total sales for Powerball and Power Play through 7:59 p.m. Saturday, including sales for future drawings, were $1,688,935.
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. Additionally, the numbers 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.
Saturday’s drawing was conducted at the International Finals Rodeo at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Wednesday night’s drawing returns to West Des Moines, Iowa, which is the headquarters of the Multi-State Lottery Association, administrator of the Powerball game.