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EXCITEMENT BUILDS FOR $115 MILLION POWERBALL JACKPOT

Players learning that it’s not just the jackpot that makes game America’s favorite

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – January 25, 2006 – While tonight’s $115 million Powerball jackpot has the state buzzing, players and retailers alike are quickly learning that it’s not just the jackpot that has made this game America’s favorite.  In the state’s first three Powerball drawings, 87,075 players have won cash prizes totaling $647,416, including four winners of $10,000 each.  One of the four selected the Power Play option and multiplied their winnings by an additional $20,000.

“There are nine different ways you can win in Powerball and that’s really one of the aspects of this game that has tremendous appeal with players,” said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery.  “It’s not just the jackpot that makes the game so exciting, it’s also these eight other ways to win, including the chance to multiply all lower-level cash prizes by up to five times the original amount with Power Play.”

The winning of large cash prizes has been contagious lately.  Just yesterday, Christine Miller stepped forward to claim the state’s second $25,000 cash prize.  The Cleveland native purchased her winning $25,000 Jackpot scratch-off ticket at Jack’s in her hometown.

For tonight’s Powerball drawing, Oklahoma Lottery players can purchase tickets at lottery-contracted retail locations until 7:59 p.m. (CST).  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.

For more information please visit the Oklahoma Lottery Commission website at www.lottery.ok.gov, or contact Marisa Schrieber, Jordan Associates PR Specialist, at 405.840.3201.

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