Press Releases

2005 Press Releases

October 14, 2005


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 million.

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.