POWERBALL JACKPOT RISES TO $218 MILLION

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POWERBALL JACKPOT RISES TO $218 MILLION

DENVER, April 4, 2011– The jackpot for Wednesday night's multi-state Powerball lottery drawing is up to $218 million! This is the largest Powerball jackpot of 2011. The winning ticket will be worth an estimated $109 million in cash.  

One lucky ticket sold in Colorado Springs matched 5 of 5 numbers in Saturday night’s Powerball drawing to win $200,000. If the player had opted for the Power Play option for an extra $1 the ticket would be worth $1 million. The ticket was purchased at Circle K, 7055 Commerce Center Drive, Colorado Springs.

Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:59 p.m. MST. Powerball is a multi-state game with a starting jackpot of $20 million and other prizes ranging from $3 to $200,000. To play, consumers choose five numbers from 1 to 59 and one Powerball number from 1 to 39. Players that match five numbers and the Powerball win the jackpot. Players can also opt to spend an extra $1 for a Power Play option, which will multiply their non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times. If a player matches five numbers and purchased the Power Play the prize will be $1 million.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games – MatchPlay, Mega Millions, Cash 5, Scratch, Lotto and Powerball - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. The Lottery has returned more than $2 billion to the state of Colorado since it was established. Through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks, the Lottery has provided funding for new trails, precious open space and wildlife protection. For more information, visit www.coloradolottery.com.

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April 4, 2011
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