DENVER –    For one lucky local player, choosing the Power Play option in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing really paid off. One ticket matched five numbers in the drawing – a prize usually worth $200,000. Selecting the Power Play option however, multiplies a player’s winnings by whatever number the Power Play wheel lands on. In Wednesday’s drawing, the wheel hit five, turning the $200,000 ticket into a $1 million winner.

Powerball players pay an extra dollar to pump up their winnings through Power Play. At the time the Powerball numbers are drawn, a wheel containing the numbers 2 through 5 is spun to determine the Power Play multiplier of the night. The Power Play option can apply to all winnings except the Powerball jackpot.

“Our winner proved that turning a dollar ticket into a $2 ticket really maximizes your potential prize,”  said Colorado Lottery Director Peggy Gordon. “You can more than quadruple your money for less than what you’d pay for a latte.”

The winning ticket was sold at Black Forest Liquor Store in Black Forest, Colorado, north of Colorado Springs. The store will receive $3,000 for selling the lucky ticket.

One player in Kentucky matched five numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing  - 7, 14, 33, 40, 55 and the Powerball number 15,  netting the Powerball’s $33.6 million jackpot.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games - Scratch, Lotto, Powerball and Cash 5 - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.8 billion has been returned to the state through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks. These organizations provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.


December 13, 2007
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