JACKPOT FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 INCREASED TO $300 MILLION
Dover, DE -- The Multi State Lottery
Association (MUSL) has announced that the POWERBALL® jackpot
for the Saturday, October 15, 2005 drawing has been increased
to $300 million, or a cash value of $146 million. Saturday's
jackpot of $300 million is the fourth largest in the history
of POWERBALL® and only the second jackpot awarded this
calendar year over $100 million if it is hit in this drawing.
This POWERBALL® run began August 13th. Delaware has had
seven POWERBALL® jackpot winners and 219 $100,000 winners
that have claimed prizes for a combined total of over $409.9
With all of the excitement of a pending record jackpot for
POWERBALL, Delaware Lottery Officials remind players to play
responsibly. Wayne Lemons, director, urges players not to
spend more than they can afford. "I'd like to remind
players that it only takes one ticket to win," said Lemons.
Included in all Lottery printed and promotional material is
a play responsibly message: If you or someone you know has
a gambling problem, call the Delaware Gambling Helpline at
Among the excitement of the current POWERBALL® run, the
Delaware Lottery had a young couple from Georgetown claim
a Match 5 $200,000 prize from the Wednesday, October 5, 2005
POWERBALL® drawing. Their winning ticket was validated
yesterday at the Delaware Lottery Office in Dover and is one
of 11 $200,000 prizes thus far that have been awarded for
the current run of the POWERBALL® jackpot.
The winners, who wish to remain anonymous, were awarded a
check for $150,000 which represents the $200,000 prize minus
federal taxes. The winning man and woman are entrepreneurs
and frequent POWERBALL® players, but were still shocked
to learn of their win. Their winning ticket was purchased
from Delaware Cigarette & Tobacco Outlet in Delmar and
consisted of numbers selected by the winners at random. The
man learned the two were winners when he called the Delaware
Lottery hotline (1-800-338-6200 in-state) to check his ticket.
The two revealed their plan to split the winning prize amount
and pay bills.
Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery
has contributed more than $2.1 billion to the state's General
Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone
in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®,
MULTI-WIN LOTTO, PLAY 3,
PLAY 4, and assorted Instant Games.