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2006 Press Releases

February 16, 2006

POWERBALL MATCH 5 BONUS PRIZE BEGINS AGAIN!

Dover, DE -- With a new record-breaking $365 million POWERBALL jackpot, the Match 5 BONUS Prize structure is kicking-in again for the second time in five months. The program is designed to provide more players with the opportunity to share a larger prize when matching five white winning numbers.

"This is one of the most exciting times in Lottery history," said Wayne Lemons, Director of the Delaware Lottery. "Now, there is more possibility to win large prizes that can continue to rollover and grow."

Should the POWERBALL jackpot continue to rollover, a maximum of $25 million will be added to the jackpot for each new drawing. The additional portion of sales normally added to the jackpot amount will be moved to the new BONUS Prize pool. If a player wins Saturday's estimated jackpot, any player who correctly matches the five white winning numbers will win an equal share of the BONUS Prize pool in addition to the usual prizes for that level. The usual Match 5 prize is $200,000 and can be increased up to $1 million with purchase of the Power Play option. The BONUS Prize is automatic and will be added to whatever Match 5 prizes are already won. The BONUS Prize is available at no additional cost to the player.

"It's a great way to increase interest in the POWERBALL game and share the prizes," Lemons added. "This feature is of no additional charge to the player, but we would like to remind everyone to play responsibly."

The BONUS pool is currently at an estimated $9 million. To check the updated BONUS pool, visit www.powerball.com.

Here's how it works:

  • When the previous record Powerball jackpot has been surpassed, a new "Share the Winnings" feature sets jackpot growth to no more than $25 million per draw. Any additional funds that would go into the grand prize pool above the $25 million will be placed into a BONUS Prize Pool that will be divided equally among any 5 of 5 prize winners of the drawing in which the jackpot is hit.
  • Match 5 Bonus prizes are paid in a lump sum.
  • Check Powerball.com for the latest information on the size of the growing BONUS Prize Pool.
  • Winning Match 5 players who played Power Play will win $200,000 multiplied by the selected multiplier. The BONUS prize will then be added to this total. The BONUS prize is not multiplied by the Power Play option.
  • The BONUS Prize Pool grows until the jackpot is won. The BONUS Prize Pool grows just as the primary jackpot pool rolls and is paid out only when there is a jackpot winner.
  • Players who match 5 white ball numbers for that drawing still win $200,000 or $200,000 times the Power Play number if the player purchased that option.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call the Delaware Gambling Helpline at 1-888-850-8888.

To check your potentially winning number, call the Delaware Lottery hotline at 1-800-338-6200.

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.