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2006 Press Releases

March 24, 2006

Hockessin Man Wins $200,000 from the March 8 POWERBALL® Drawing Tickets -- Jackpot now up to $117 million

Dover, DE -- A Hockessin resident recently claimed a $200,000 prize won during the March 8 POWERBALL drawing.

The man, a 38-year-old married father of one, said he is not a regular player, but does play when the jackpots grow larger or when the mood strikes him. That was the case when he decided to buy five tickets while shopping at Sampson's Country Maid in Newark.

"My mother and sister love to play," he said. "They play every week. I really only play every now and then."

Because of his family's lottery interest, the man knew he had one a large prize when he realized he had matched five of the non-Powerball numbers. He just didn't know how much.

"I saw the numbers in the newspaper and called my wife immediately," he said. "All I knew was that I wouldn't be able to collect this price at the grocery store."

The man received $150,000 after state taxes were deducted, but he's not sure exactly what his family will do with the money. He simply said he is fortunate not to have too much outstanding debt and that the money will just go toward "future investments."

With no grand prizewinner, the total POWERBALL jackpot has now reached $117 million. With such a large 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 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.