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June 26, 2002 | By Ira Porter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Beginning tomorrow, you can forget about having to take the R2 to Wilmington, or the interstate to D.C. for that matter, to get your Powerball fix. That's because tomorrow - in time for Saturday's drawing - Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to join the super-size lottery cartel. Previously, the closest Powerball outlets were in Delaware and the District of Columbia. Powerball, known for its large jackpots (the biggest was $295.7 million in 1998), is a favorite of many Pennsylvanians, which contributed to the state's joining the multistate lottery last December.
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May 4, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Now we know what unlucky numbers look like. In last night's Powerball drawing, 7, 8, 33, 38 and 50 came up, along with a Powerball of 29, producing one of the stingiest payouts in a year. No one hit the jackpot. No one matched the first five numbers, so no one won the $1 million or $2 million prizes. In Pennsylvania, nobody even won the $10,000 or $40,000 prizes. The biggest prize was $200, and only 21 tickets won that. Nationwide, less than $2.6 million was won. In April, the average non-jackpot payout was almost $11 million.
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September 1, 2001 | MICHELLE MALKIN
FOUR LUCKY ticket-holders struck it rich last weekend, but here's the real winner of the $295 million Powerball binge: the government. Powerball is a multistate numbers racket that would be quashed by the Justice Department if it were privately run. Instead, the state bureaucrats behind these get-rich-quick schemes are allowed to ban outside competition - including private slots, phone betting, pull tabs and card rooms. When it comes to profiting from the mathematically challenged, lawmakers want the booty all for themselves.
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May 24, 2010 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Powerball's cash jackpot is up to $99 million after no one won it all Saturday night. Look at it this way - that's more money than Shrek Forever After raked in this weekend. So winning would be your own DreamWorks production. Nobody won $1 million, but three tickets - sold in Florida, Indiana and Wisconsin - won $200,000 each by matching the first five numbers, 19, 20, 40, 47 and 57, but not the Powerball of 29. As a result, Wednesday's annuity jackpot goes up to $190 million.
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November 20, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Powerball is stoked for another wild ride. The jackpot is up to a whopping $250 million - a quarter-billion dollars - for Wednesday's drawing, and if no one wins that one, expect the $300 million barrier to be broken for the third time this year. One further rollover, and it could be one for the game's record books. Powerball's biggest-ever annuity prize of $360 million was set in 2006, just two drawings after the jackpot hit just what it is now - $250 million. Now, with tickets at $2 apiece, money could come in faster - especially with competing Mega Millions at a comparatively measly $33 million.
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July 29, 1998 | By Monica Yant, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Information from the Associated Press was used in this report
He may be unemployed and weighed down with a leg cast and crutches, but don't tell Jose Colon he should have stayed in his bed in North Philadelphia. There are the doctor's orders, and then there is the healing power of Powerball. "If I win $250 million, I can give him a bonus, a little tip," Colon said of his knee surgeon, who may very well have been in the same 4 1/2-hour line at the 7-Eleven store on Route 52 in Wilmington, where men in business suits and women checking their pagers squatted on milk crates next to trash bins in yesterday's hot midmorning sun. All for an 80 million-to-one chance of becoming filthy, filthy rich in the biggest lottery jackpot ever.
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August 7, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Powerball's finally into territory where jackpots soar. A couple more rollovers could put the game across the $300 million mark, seen by Powerball only once in nearly five years. The jackpot, building since late June, rose to $212 million on Saturday night, when no one hit all the numbers drawn - 19, 30, 48, 53 and 55, with a Powerball of 18. It's the year's third biggest jackpot, trailing the $336.4 million won in Rhode Island in February, and the $241 million snagged in Iowa in June.
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November 25, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
What a year for Powerball. The cash jackpot for Saturday's drawing is the game's second biggest cash jackpot ever - $212.8 million. And the record of $224.6 million was just set in August. Because no one matched Wednesday night's numbers (8, 18, 24, 30 and 39, with a Powerball of 26), the annuity prize rose again, to $325 million. That's the fifth biggest in the game's history - and two of the others also came this year, including $337 million in that August drawing and $336 million in February.
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May 10, 2010 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The bigger they are, the faster they rise. The Powerball jackpot went up Saturday night by more than the next Mega Millions jackpot is worth. Mega Millions will be worth $19 million tomorrow, after no one hit all the numbers Friday night. Powerball's top prize will be $97 million Wednesday night - up by $27 million - after Saturday night's drawing failed to produce a winner. The cash payouts are estimated at $49.4 million for Powerball, $12.1 million for Mega Millions.
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September 15, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Pennsylvania ticket came close to winning last night's $25 million Powerball jackpot. But, for the second time this summer, the only ticket with all the numbers was sold in Georgia, this time in Decatur. The June 29 jackpot of $77.1 million, hit in Tallapoosa, Ga., is still unclaimed, according to Powerball.com. The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were 16, 41, 42, 50 and 59, with a Powerball of 5. Pennsylvania and Florida each sold a ticket now worth $200,000 for matching the first five numbers but not the Powerball.
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July 30, 2016 | Staff Report
A ticket sold in western Pennsylvania won $1 million in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing. The ticket had the first five numbers - 10, 47, 50, 65 and 68 - but not the red Powerball number, 24. No one had all six numbers and the jackpot for Saturday's drawing climbs to $479 million annuity, or $330.6 million cash. The $1 million Pennsylvania ticket was sold at the Shop 'N Save, 5001 Library Road, Bethel Park, Allegheny County. Tickets sold in Ohio, Virginia and Florida also had the first five numbers in Wednesday's drawing, with the Florida ticket winning $2 million because the buyer had picked the powerplay option.
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July 20, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A Pennsylvania lottery player won $1 million in this weekend's Powerball drawing. A ticket sold in the state matched all five white balls drawn Saturday: 11, 17, 40, 50 and 62. But the ticket missed the Powerball of 26, falling short of the $333 million jackpot. No one hit the top prize, so the jackpot for Wednesday's drawing rises to $361 million for the annuity, or $250.3 million cash. Pennsylvania's $1 million winner was sold in Lehigh County, at the Weis Markets located at 5020 Route 873 in Schnecksville.
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July 13, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Tickets sold in New Jersey won $1 million in both the Mega Millions and Powerball games this weekend, while a Delaware County ticket won that amount in a Millionaire Raffle drawing. In Friday's Mega Millions drawing, a New Jersey ticket matched all five white balls (8, 19, 20, 55 and 73) but missed the Mega Ball of 5 to claim the $1 million second-tier prize. A ticket sold in Indiana won the $540 million jackpot, the third largest in the game's history. Nine other tickets also won $1 million each.
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May 15, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
Friday the 13th will never be the same for the Smith family, which stepped forward Friday to claim a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot, the largest ever won in New Jersey. Pearlie Mae Smith and her seven adult children said they plan to tithe 10 percent of their winnings to their Pentecostal church, take vacations, and help others. "Wow. That's what it's like," Smith, 70, of Trenton, said at a news conference at state lottery headquarters in Lawrenceville. "I'm still trying to figure out what it's like.
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May 9, 2016
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April 16, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A Powerball ticket that won $1 million in the game's most recent drawing was sold in South Jersey. The lucky ticket matched all five white balls drawn Wednesday (30, 33, 35, 38 and 64) but missed the Powerball of 22, falling just short of the $184 million top prize. New Jersey Lottery officials said the state's winner was sold in Atlantic County, at the Frank S. Farley Service Plaza on the Altlantic City Expressway in Hammonton. No one won the jackpot, so the pot rolls over to $205 million for the annuity, or $136.4 million for the cash option, for Saturday's drawing.
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March 2, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Someone bought a Powerball ticket in New Jersey that's now worth $1 million after the game's most recent drawing. The ticket matched all five white balls drawn Saturday (10, 11, 21, 22 and 53) but missed the Powerball of 18, falling just short of the $266 million jackpot. The ticket was sold in Morris County, at the Lake Parsippany General Store, located at 171 Kingston Road in Parsippany, New Jersey Lottery offiicals said. No one won the top prize, so the jackpot for Wednesday's drawing rolls over to $292 million, or $191.9 million for the cash option.
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