Powerball Winning Numbers For 12/21/2019 Drawing: $171M Jackpot
Here are the winning Powerball numbers for the lottery jackpot drawing on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019.
Deb Belt , Patch Staff
Posted Sat, Dec 21, 2019 at 6:34 p m ET | Updated Sat, Dec 21, 2019 at 11:04 p m ET
The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $171 million for the player who’s purchased the winning ticket on Saturday, Dec. 21. The one-time cash payout for tonight’s Powerball drawing is $116.2 million.
The winning Powerball numbers are drawn every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time, with Powerball results usually posted within five minutes.
In most states, ticket sales end at least one hour before the drawing, but a state may halt sales earlier, such as Illinois, which stops sales three hours before the drawing. In Maryland and New Jersey, ticket sales end at 9:59 p.m.; in Virginia, they close at 10 p.m. Check with your state lottery for the cut-off time.
The winning Powerball numbers for Saturday, Dec. 21, are: 19, 31, 35, 50, 67 and the Powerball of 14.
The largest Powerball jackpot in history was $1.586 billion, which was split by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016.
A player in South Carolina claimed the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot on Oct. 23, 2018, game officials said.
To win the Powerball jackpot a player must match all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball number. The odds of picking the correct Powerball grand prize numbers are one in 292,201,338, which doesn’t change even if more players buy tickets when the jackpot is enormous.
You have a better chance of winning the Powerball jackpot if you let the computer select your numbers, according to the officials with the lottery. About 75 percent of winning tickets over the years had numbers picked by a computer.
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Powerball Results, Numbers for 12/21/19: Did Anyone Win the $173.2 Million Jackpot on Saturday (Last) Night?
The Powerball jackpot on Saturday night stood at $173.2 million. But did anyone take home an early Christmas present?
According to the Powerball website, the winning numbers for December 21, were 19-31-35-50-67. The Power Ball was 14 with a Power Play of X2. However, there were no winners of the jackpot this time in either the Powerball game or Power Play. One winner from Minnesota matched five numbers, taking home $1 million.
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The last jackpot was won on November 3 by a single ticket in California, winning $150 million, according to the Powerball website. The winning numbers in the November 2 drawing were 3-23-32-37-58, with the Powerball 22, and Power Play multiplier 2X.
The lucky ticket holder, whose name has not been released by the Powerball website, had the choice between an annuity of $150 million, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump-sum payment of $104.8 million (before taxes).
The jackpot now stands at $183 million with a cash option of $122.9 million. The next Powerball draw is on Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25). So someone could get possibly the best present this holiday season if they win the jackpot.
How do you play Powerball?
Powerball draws, which are broadcast live from the lottery studio in Tallahassee, Florida, take place on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 10:59 p.m. ET, meaning there are just three days to go until the next one. It is one of the most widely played lottery games in the country, with tickets sold in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to its website.
Powerball tickets cost $2 per play. In the game, players select five numbers from 1 to 69, in addition to one Powerball number from 1 to 26. Furthermore, players can multiply any non-jackpot prizes using the Power Play option for an additional $1 per go in certain circumstances.
According to Powerball, the odds of winning a prize are the same in every Powerball drawing. The website states that a player has a 1 in 24.9 chance of winning a prize when the jackpot is $40 million, and it doesn’t change if the jackpot is $1 billion.
It is also not based on the number of tickets sold; even if there are more tickets sold in a particular drawing, odds of winning a prize remain the same.
When it comes to PowerPlay, the website states that for an additional $1 per play, non-jackpot prizes can be multiplied 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X or 10X. The multiplier number is randomly chosen before each numbers draw. The 10X multiplier is only in play when the advertised jackpot annuity is $150 million or less.
Potential winners can watch the Christmas Day Powerball numbers draw live on the Powerball website or local affiliated CBS, FOX, NBC, ABC, CW and Telemundo TV channels. A full list can be found on the Powerball website.The next Powerball draw is on Christmas Day. ]]>