Well, did you win the $700 million Powerball jackpot?
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The jackpot of $700 million is shown on the screen as Malik Imran serves a customer in this Chicago store on Aug. 22, 2017. This Powerball lottery game makes it the second-largest in U.S. history. (Photo: G-Jun Yam, AP)
Know anyone in Massachusetts? That is the state where the winning ticket matching all six numbers was purchased for Wednesday night’s $758.7 million jackpot.
It snapped a string of 20 consecutive draws without a Powerball jackpot winner.
Three lucky Florida players matched the first five numbers for a $1 million prize.
Twenty-four others won $50,000 each by matching 4 numbers plus the Powerball, while four winners collected $200,000 each by buying the multiplier.
According to the official Powerball website, the next jackpot to be awarded Saturday night is valued at $40 million. So we have a winner. Now we’ll have to wait to see if there’s one winner or several.
The one-time cash option for Wednesday’s jackpot was set earlier in the day at roughly $443 million by the multi-state lottery game that is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rica and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The final jackpot and cash option was set at $758 million just before the late Wednesday evening drawing and was based on ticket sales.
The Powerball jackpot has not been hit since early June. A $700 million jackpot would make it the second-largest lottery prize ever handed out in America, topped only by a $1.6 billion Powerball prize shared by three ticket holders in January 2016.
A Mega Millions jackpot was hit in Illinois earlier this month at $393 million.
Powerball tickets are $2 per play, with drawings on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2 million.
Contributing: Sheldon S. Shafer, The (Louisville) Courier-JournalHere are the winning numbers for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing.
Winning numbers drawn for $700-million Powerball lottery jackpot
REUTERS – Winning numbers were drawn on Wednesday night for a U.S. Powerball jackpot of an estimated $700 million, one of the largest in the lottery’s history.
The numbers drawn were 6, 7, 16, 23, 26. The Powerball is 4. The winner will get annual payments over 29 years, totaling at least $700 million, or $443.3 million in a lump sum payment, before taxes.
The odds against wining are astronomical, but millions of Americans will be hoping for some life-altering luck on Wednesday night when winning numbers are drawn for the second-highest jackpot in the history of the Powerball lottery.
A winning ticket could bring the holder an estimated $700 million windfall, a prize topped only by a January 2016 $1.56 billion Powerball jackpot, the world’s largest lottery reward ever.
This past weekend, there were no winning tickets for a prize that was then $535 million, even though 113.6 million Powerball chances were sold.
Anna Domoto, spokeswoman for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said that even more tickets are expected to be sold in the four-day period leading up to Wednesday night’s drawing.
The odds of a ticket having all six winning numbers do not change no matter how big the jackpot is. They are 292.2 million-to-1, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.
Powerball tickets are sold in 44 U.S. states, and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
No one has won the Powerball’s top prize in the twice-a-week drawings since June 10, when a California man won a jackpot valued at $447.8 million.
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All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays.REUTERS – Winning numbers were drawn on Wednesday night for a U.S. Powerball jackpot of an estimated $700 million, one of the largest in the lottery's history. ]]>