Some Powerball player may be $195 million richer
Check your tickets ...
Six lucky numbers picked in drawing
May 20, 1998
Web posted at: 11:44 p.m. EDT (0344 GMT)
(CNN) -- These are the numbers that could win someone $195
million: 4, 9, 30, 34, 48 and Powerball 8.
It was uncertain immediately after the Powerball lottery
drawing Wednesday night in Des Moines, Iowa, if the jackpot
would be claimed.
Charles Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery
Association, which runs Powerball, said officials should know
Thursday whether there were any winners of the world's
biggest lottery jackpot that could be won by one person.
The prize, estimated earlier at $175 million, was raised to
$195 million just before the drawing. Lottery officials said
sales totaled $138.5 million for Wednesday's drawing.
Chance of winning? One-in-80.1 million
Although the chances of one person matching all six numbers
were 1-in-80.1 million, some hopeful players even drove to
neighboring states to put down their money.
The longest lines were in towns near states that don't
participate in the game. New Yorkers poured in to Greenwich,
Connecticut, where one man bought 4,000 tickets Wednesday
"They're coming in hordes and congesting the roadways. We
have lines two blocks long," said police Sgt. John Brown, who
bought one ticket for each member of his family.
Powerball tickets were sold in Washington, D.C., and 20
states: Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa,
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana,
Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island,
South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Lottery players mobbed convenience stores, gas stations,
tobacco shops, liquor stores and malls to take their
Many ticket buyers spent their time in line chatting about
how they would spend the winnings. Among the usual answers
of houses, cars and expensive trips were some promises to
support charitable causes.
"I would probably build another domestic violence shelter in
the state and come up with schooling for unwanted kids,"
said Reinna Fraaken of Des Moines.
White House briefing delayed
Powerball fever even hit presidential spokesman Mike McCurry,
who explained that he was 24 minutes late in starting
Wednesday's White House briefing because he stopped to buy
"I was staying in line at our local 7-Eleven to buy
Powerball tickets," McCurry told reporters as he took the
podium in the briefing room.
McCurry did not reveal what he would do if he had the winning
numbers. But, he said, "You could effectively conclude my
service here at this podium would come to an abrupt end."
Strutt said there was an 80 percent chance that at least one
ticket would have all the right numbers and a 60 percent to
70 percent chance of two or more winners.
The Powerball winner can choose a lump-sum payment of about
$94 million before taxes, or $7 million per year, before
taxes, for 25 years.