May 15, 2009
$1,334,574 in High Tier Prizes Given Away So Far in May
In addition to the million dollar PowerBall® PowerPlay® prize that was claimed this week, there have also been eight other big prizes given away since May began.
The $173,392 Wild Money jackpot was hit by two Rhode Island Lottery players last Tuesday, each winning $86,696.40. A man from Jamestown, RI, claimed his prize immediately the day after the drawing and plans to use the money for bills. His ticket was sold by Kingston Convenience Mart in Kingston.
Then, on Friday, the other Wild Money winner came forward. The Warwick woman said the money came at a good time because she’s been out of work for a year. Larry’s Liquors on Warwick Avenue in Warwick sold that ticket.
A week later, another Wild Money jackpot was hit. A Johnston man claimed the winning $31,182.30 prize today. He played his own numbers that he randomly picked when he bought the ticket from Stop & Go Gas & Convenience on Warwick Avenue in Warwick.
The Mega Fortune Instant Game ended after a man from Marlborough, Mass., came in to claim the last $50,000 top prize. He bought the ticket from Quick Mart on Mason Street in Woonsocket, and plans to use the money to buy a new washer and dryer for his mother and sister.
Furthermore, Michele Lefort (photo attached) of Portsmouth, won $10,000 on the Quarter of a Mil Instant Ticket. She just bought a new house and will be using the winnings for that. Lefort picked up her winning ticket from Portsmouth Getty at East Main Rd., Portsmouth.
Continuing with the week of winners, there was a $30,000 Daily Numbers winner from North Providence. The winner played six $1 4-digit straight bets, which paid out $5,000 each, totaling $30,000. North End Variety at 905 Charles St., North Providence, sold all of the winning tickets.
In addition to the $1,000,000 PowerBall® Power Play® winner, a Cranston woman multiplied her $10,000 prize by three to get $30,000, just by
playing Power Play®. She’s going to keep her new-found money in the bank until she decides what she’d like to do with it. The winning ticket was purchased at Stop & Shop, 200 Atwood Ave., Cranston.
Then, a $10,000 PowerBall® prize from the May 9 drawing was claimed by a woman from Bristol. She thought she won $5,000, so when she learned it was actually $10,000, she was shocked and couldn’t wait to tell her husband. She has a passion for travel and hopes to put the money towards that. Campagna’s Pharmacy on State Street sold her the winning ticket.
There was also a $10,000 winning PowerBall® ticket sold for the May 13th drawing. The ticket was sold from Dan’s Convenience on Post Road in Warwick. The $10,000 ticket matched the first four numbers, but not the PowerBall® number, for the standard payout of $10,000. This winner did not purchase the PowerPlay® feature for an additional dollar on the wager. If he had, the $10,000 prize would have been multiplied by three, Wednesday’s Power Play® number, to equal $30,000. This prize has yet to be claimed.
The estimated jackpot for Saturday’s drawing is $109,000,000.