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2005 Press Releases

May 27, 2005

SATURDAY POWERBALL PRIZE SURPASSES DELAWARE RECORD

Dover, DE -- The POWERBALL® jackpot for Saturday, June 4, 2005 has surpassed the state record jackpot prize won for the game-last fall a $214.7 million jackpot prize was awarded in Sussex County. Over the holiday weekend, POWERBALL® players will be purchasing tickets for a jackpot worth $215 million, one of the highest jackpots ever.

More than 120,000 Delawareans have won a portion of more than $72 million in prizes awarded during the current POWERBALL® run. The next drawing will now be the 17th drawing in this series, which began on Saturday, April 2, 2005 and has not produced a jackpot winner.

"This is the first time this year that the POWERBALL® jackpot has been in excess of $100 million," said Brian Peters, deputy director of Sales and Marketing. "We might be on our way to breaking the Delaware jackpot prize record for this game if the winning ticket is sold here."

Last October the record $214.7 million POWERBALL® jackpot was won by 33 employees from a printing company in Seaford, Del. Each of the 33 winners last year in Seaford received a payment of $2,657,754, which represented their winning share of the jackpot after federal taxes.

The Delaware Lottery is one of 29 member lotteries that participate in the POWERBALL® game.
The game is broadcast live throughout the country including local broadcast affiliates in Philadelphia and Delaware, at 10:59 PM EST every Wednesday and Saturday evening. Delaware POWERBALL® players can visit www.powerball.com to view drawings online or visit the Delaware Lottery website at www.delottery.com for results and jackpot amounts.

Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than
$1.8 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.