Press Releases

2005 Press Releases

October 17, 2005


Dover, DE -- The POWERBALL® jackpot is worth a record $340 million for the Wednesday, October 19 drawing. The record-breaking jackpot will enable the Match 5 Bonus rule where match five winners--players who only match all five white balls--will have a chance of winning an additional prize amount when the jackpot is won. Currently, the prize for matching all five white balls (not the red POWERBALL) is $200,000. Now that the jackpot has surpassed the record, and each time the jackpot reaches a new record level, jackpots will begin increasing by $25 million dollars and excess prize dollars will go into the Match 5 Bonus pool. When the jackpot is hit, the pool will be evenly divided among match five winners in addition to the $200,000 prize. The Match 5 Bonus prize is not multiplied by Power Play®. For details on the Match 5 Bonus prize please visit the Web site of the Multi-State Lottery Association at

The current run of this POWERBALL® run began August 13th and is presently valued at $340 million. This jackpot is the fourth largest in the history of POWERBALL® and only the second jackpot awarded this calendar year over $100 million if it is won on Wednesday. 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.

The previous record jackpot for POWERBALL is $314 million for the December 24, 2002 drawing.
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.