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Powerball Winning Numbers For Wednesday, Oct. 17: $345M Jackpot

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday, Oct. 17, is $345 million. Check here for the winning Powerball numbers.

    Deb Belt , Patch Staff
Posted Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 12:25 p m ET | Updated Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 11:02 p m ET

The Powerball jackpot has grown since mid-summer and has now topped one-third of a billion dollars, creating excitement and bringing in more players. The prize has grown to $345 million for the drawing on Wednesday night. The one-time cash amount will pay an estimated $199 million to the player who chooses all of tonight’s Powerball numbers.

“These are jackpots that inspire players’ dreams: What would they do, whom would they tell, and how would they live if they won a huge jackpot? And dreams come true for all the state beneficiaries who receive proceeds from these great games,” said David Barden, Powerball chairman, in a news release. “As the excitement continues to grow, remember to always play responsibly.”

What time are the winning Powerball numbers drawn? Numbers are selected every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time, with Powerball results typically posted within five minutes.

The winning Powerball numbers for Wednesday, Oct. 17, are: o3, 57, 64, 68, 69 and the Powerball of 15.

The largest Powerball jackpot was $1.586 billion, which was shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016.

The Powerball game is played by matching 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. Powerball tickets cost $2 each, and are sold at thousands of Lottery retailers. Find out where you can buy your Powerball tickets here.

In most states, ticket sales cut off at least an hour before the drawing, but a state may cut off sales earlier, such as Illinois, which ends 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 sales cut-off time.

You have a better chance of hitting the jackpot if you let the computer pick your numbers, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates the Powerball game and reports that about 75 percent of winning tickets have numbers chosen by a computer.

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The largest Powerball jackpots ever are as follows:

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  • $1.586 billion, Jan. 13, 2016
  • $758.7 million, Aug. 23, 2017
  • $590.5 million, May 18, 2013
  • $587.5 million, Nov. 28, 2012
  • $564.1 million, Feb. 11, 2015
  • $559.7 million, Jan. 6, 2018
  • $487.0 million, July 30, 2016
  • $456 million, March 17, 2018
  • $448.4 million, Aug. 7, 2013
  • $447.8 million, June 10, 2017
  • $435.3 million, Feb. 22, 2017

The lottery game is played in 44 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball drawings can be seen on 125 TV stations nationwide. They may also be available on cable or your mobile device. Drawing shows are also posted to Powerball.com under the video section and to YouTube.

Claiming, Safeguarding Winnings

So, what should you do if you are lucky enough to claim the Powerball jackpot? Many lottery winners hire an attorney, financial planner or both, since most people don’t exactly know what to do when they suddenly come into so much money. Some even bring their lawyer with them to claim their prize. The lottery does not offer any counseling services or financial advice for winners.

You have two choices when you claim your prize: the full value paid in 30 installments over 29 years, or a one-time lump sum that is smaller than the actual total. Then there are the taxes. The federal tax on lottery winnings is 25 percent. Then, any extra income taxes like state or city would apply.

Financial experts say that if you can get more than a 3 or 4 percent return on an investment, the lump sum is actually the best way to go in the long-term.

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Powerball Winning Numbers For Wednesday, Oct. 17: $345M Jackpot – Annapolis, MD – The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday, Oct. 17, is $345 million. Check here for the winning Powerball numbers.