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Powerball ticket sold in Maryland wins $731 million jackpot

Someone in Maryland may have made some serious money Wednesday night — around $731 million.

That’s the estimated Powerball jackpot, and a single winning ticket was sold somewhere in the Old Line State, game officials said. The statement does not say where.

It is the only ticket to match all six numbers to win the big prize. Wednesday’s winning numbers were 40, 53, 60, 68, 69, and Powerball 22

It’s the fourth-largest jackpot in the history of the game, according to officials. The $731 million figure is based on an annuity; if the winner takes it as a lump sum, it would be $546.8 million.

Jackpots for Powerball and another popular game, Mega Millions, have soared since September, the last time someone won a jackpot. The size of the big prize increases the longer it goes unwon in subsequent drawings.

The Mega Millions jackpot sits at an estimated $970 million, according to its website. The next drawing for that game is Friday.

No one has hit the jackpot on that game since Sept. 15, when someone in Wisconsin won a $120 million prize.

The odds of hitting the top prize are famously astronomical: According to its website, the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.

A single Powerball ticket sold in Maryland won an estimated $731 million jackpot Wednesday night. It's not clear where exactly the ticket was sold.

Was the winning powerball ticket sold

A single ticket sold in Maryland matched all six numbers in the Wednesday night Powerball® drawing to win the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history. Based on final ticket sales, the jackpot climbed to an estimated $731.1 million at the time of the drawing with a cash option of $546.8 million.

The lucky ticket holder will have the choice between an estimated annuity of $731.1 million, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump sum payment of $546.8 million. Both prize options are before taxes.

The winning numbers in the Wednesday, January 20 drawing were white balls 40, 53, 60, 68, 69, plus Powerball 22, and Power Play multiplier 3X.

Participating lotteries are reminding players to check their tickets for one of the nine ways to win. In Wednesday’s drawing alone, more than 4.4 million tickets won prizes ranging from $4 to $2 million.

12 tickets matched all five white balls but missed matching the red Powerball in Wednesday’s drawing to win a $1 million prize. The $1 million-winning tickets were sold in California (2), Georgia (2), Illinois (2), Maine, Michigan, New Jersey (3) and Oregon. One other ticket, sold in Maryland, matched all five white balls and doubled the prize to $2 million, because the ticket included the Power Play® option for an additional $1.

Wednesday’s drawing was the 36th drawing in the jackpot run that started back on Sept. 19, 2020. The jackpot win in Maryland capped what has been has been the longest jackpot run in Powerball history.

For the next drawing on Saturday, Jan. 23, the Powerball jackpot resets to $20 million ($15 million cash value). The 10X multiplier will be in play as part of the Power Play® option since the advertised jackpot is under $150 million.

Top 10 Powerball Jackpots

1. $1.586 Billion – Jan. 13, 2016 – California, Florida, Tennessee

2. $768.4 Million – March 27, 2019 – Wisconsin

3. $758.7 Million – Aug. 23, 2017 – Massachusetts

4. $731.1 Million – Jan. 20, 2021 – Maryland

5. $687.8 Million – Oct. 27, 2018 – Iowa, New York

6. $590.5 Million – May 18, 2013 – Florida

7. $587.5 Million – Nov. 28, 2012 – Arizona, Missouri

8. $564.1 Million – Feb. 11, 2015 – North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Texas

9. $559.7 Million – Jan. 6, 2018 – New Hampshire

10. $487.0 Million – July 30, 2016 – New Hampshire

Top 10 U.S. Lottery Jackpots

1. $1.586 Billion – Jan. 13, 2016 – Powerball – CA, FL, TN

2. $1.537 Billion – Oct. 23, 2018 – Mega Millions – SC

3 . $970 Million (est.) – Mega Millions

4. $768.4 Million – March 27, 2019 – Powerball – WI

5. $758.7 Million – Aug. 23, 2017 – Powerball – MA

6. $731.1 Million – Jan. 20, 2021 – Powerball – MD

7. $687.8 Million – Oct. 27, 2018 – Powerball – IA, NY

8. $656 Million – Mar. 30, 2012 – Mega Millions – KS, IL, MD

9. $648 Million – Dec. 17, 2013 – Mega Millions – CA, GA

10. $590.5 Million – May 18, 2013 – Powerball – FL

A single ticket sold in Maryland matched all six numbers in the Wednesday night Powerball® drawing to win the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history. Based on final ticket sales, the jackpot climbed to an estimated $731.1 million at the time of the drawing with a cash option of $546.8 million. ]]>