Did anyone win Powerball last night? $731M jackpot won by single ticket.
Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in Maryland won Wednesday night’s gigantic $731.1 million jackpot, the fifth largest in U.S. lottery history.
If the Powerball winner chose the cash option, the prize is $546,824,471.89 before taxes are deducted. The win ends a run of monster jackpots for both multi-state lottery games. The Mega Millions, however, continues to climb with Friday’s drawing at an estimated $970 million.
Thirteen tickets, including three in New Jersey, matched five numbers, but not the Powerball, and won the second-prize amounts. Most are worth at least $1 million.
Wednesday’s winning numbers were: 40, 53, 60, 68, 69. The Powerball drawn was 22 with a Power Play of 3X.
The other second-prize winners were in California (2), Georgia (2), Illinois (2), Maine, Maryland, Michigan, and Oregon. The Maryland second-prize ticket is worth $2 million because the winner selected the Power Play option.
Another 122 tickets won third-prize amounts of $50,000 (104) or $150,000 (18).
Powerball prizes range from $4 to potentially hundreds of millions of dollars. Powerball.com
The Powerball jackpot hadn’t been won since Sept. 16, when someone who bought a ticket in Ballston Spa, New York, captured the $94.6 million top prize. Since then, 36 drawings had been held without a jackpot winner until Wednesday night.
The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are 292,201,388 to 1. A player who buys a $2 ticket has about a 1 in 11,688,053 chance to match five numbers and win at least $1 million, while the odds are 913,129 to 1 of winning the third prize of at least $50,000.
Powerball is played on Wednesday and Saturday in 45 states, Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
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