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Match 5 BONUS Prize!

Columbia, SC (October 16, 2005): The Powerball® game has reached a new record-breaking jackpot of $340 million. A feature added to Powerball® in 2002, the Match 5 BONUS Prize, kicks in for the first time and is designed to provide more players with the opportunity to share in such a large prize.

The portion of sales normally added to the jackpot amount above $340 million will be moved to the new BONUS Prize pool. If a player wins Wednesday’s estimated jackpot, any player who correctly matches the five white ball 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.

Here’s how the Match 5 BONUS Prize 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 www.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.

South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) Powerball® sales for Saturday night’s draw were more than $7.3 million. At the height of sales, SCEL Powerball® tickets were selling nearly $5,800 per minute. This is not a SCEL record.

Powerball® numbers for Saturday, October 15, were: 1, 7, 8, 34, and 45. The Powerball® was 15. The PowerPlay® was 3. A Powerball® ticket purchased in Fort Mill, did match 5 numbers; however, this ticket is not included in the Match 5 BONUS Prize.

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