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Who Won the $731 Million Powerball?

The winning ticket was sold at a convenience store in a former mining town in Maryland. “We don’t know for who,” the shopkeeper said, “but we are happy for somebody.”

  • Jan. 21, 2021 Updated 5:31 p.m. ET

Someone in Maryland is suddenly $731 million richer.

A jackpot-winning Powerball ticket was sold at a convenience store in Lonaconing, Md., a down-on-its-luck former mining town in the virus-battered northwestern corner of the state. The ticket matched all six numbers during Wednesday evening’s Powerball drawing.

The $731.1 million jackpot is the fourth largest in Powerball’s 28-year history and the sixth largest lottery jackpot ever in the United States, Powerball announced on Thursday. The drawing was the highest the Powerball jackpot has been since March 2019, when it rose to $768 million.

Powerball did not immediately name the winner. Lottery winners in Maryland can choose to remain anonymous, and they have at least 182 days to claim the prize.

The winning ticket was sold at Coney Market, a convenience store that sells subs and pizza in Lonaconing, a small town — population 1,200 — in Allegany County, which has the most Covid-19 cases per capita in the state. About a quarter of the population of Lonaconing lives below the poverty line, according to census data.

“We were surprised and very happy,” Richard Ravenscroft, the store’s owner, said in an interview on Thursday. “We don’t know for who, but we are happy for somebody.”

The store will receive a $100,000 bonus from the Maryland Lottery for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers in Wednesday’s drawing were 40, 53, 60, 68, 69 and a Powerball of 22.

According to Powerball, the winner can choose to have an estimated pretax annuity of $731.1 million paid in 30 payments over 29 years, or a lump sum of $546.8 million, also before taxes. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

Another national lottery closed in on a record jackpot this week: Before its drawing on Friday, Mega Millions estimates that its jackpot will reach $970 million, which would be the second-largest prize in the game’s history.

A lingering mythology holds that the winners of big jackpots become cursed after their strokes of good fortune.

One influential study in 1978 found that lottery winners were not any happier than their neighbors or more optimistic about the future. Other studies have countered the notion of the so-called lottery curse, suggesting that the winners’ general psychological well-being bounces back over time after cashing in the prize.

Mr. Ravenscroft, who has owned Coney Market for six years, said he wished the winner luck. “I really think that they have quite an opportunity, and I hope they use good judgment,” he said.

The Powerball jackpot was last hit in New York in the Sept. 16 drawing. Since then, there had been 35 games in a row without a jackpot winner until Wednesday.

The next drawing will be on Saturday, when the Powerball jackpot resets to $20 million.

The winning ticket was sold at a convenience store in a former mining town in Maryland. “We don’t know for who,” the shopkeeper said, “but we are happy for somebody.”

Draw Date

Jackpot Winners

Match 5 +
Power Play

$2 Million Winners

Match 5

$1 Million Winners

  • Winning Numbers
  • Past Drawings
  • Total Winners

Total Number of Winners

Match
POWERBALL
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Power Play
  • N/A
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

There are 9 ways to win a prize in Powerball®.
All prizes are set cash amounts, except the Grand Prize.
In California, prize payout amounts are pari-mutuel and determined by sales and the number of winners.

Match
Prize
  • Grand Prize
  • $1 Million
  • $50,000
  • $100
  • $100
  • $7
  • $7
  • $4
  • $4
Power Play 2x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $100,000
  • $200
  • $200
  • $14
  • $14
  • $8
  • $8
Power Play 3x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $150,000
  • $300
  • $300
  • $21
  • $21
  • $12
  • $12
Power Play 4x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $200,000
  • $400
  • $400
  • $28
  • $28
  • $16
  • $16
Power Play 5x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $250,000
  • $500
  • $500
  • $35
  • $35
  • $20
  • $20
Power Play 10x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $500,000
  • $1,000
  • $1,000
  • $70
  • $70
  • $40
  • $40

Powerball Prizes

Match
Prize
  • Grand Prize
  • $1 Million
  • $50,000
  • $100
  • $100
  • $7
  • $7
  • $4
  • $4
Power Play 2x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $100,000
  • $200
  • $200
  • $14
  • $14
  • $8
  • $8
Power Play 3x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $150,000
  • $300
  • $300
  • $21
  • $21
  • $12
  • $12
Power Play 4x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $200,000
  • $400
  • $400
  • $28
  • $28
  • $16
  • $16
Power Play 5x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $250,000
  • $500
  • $500
  • $35
  • $35
  • $20
  • $20
Power Play 10x
  • Grand Prize
  • $2 Million
  • $500,000
  • $1,000
  • $1,000
  • $70
  • $70
  • $40
  • $40

Powerball Odds

Match
Prize
  • Grand Prize
  • $1 Million
  • $50,000
  • $100
  • $100
  • $7
  • $7
  • $4
  • $4
  • 1 in 292,201,338.00
  • 1 in 11,688,053.52
  • 1 in 913,129.18
  • 1 in 36,525.17
  • 1 in 14,494.11
  • 1 in 579.76
  • 1 in 701.33
  • 1 in 91.98
  • 1 in 38.32

Odds When 10X Multiplier is Available

POWER PLAY
  • 10x
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 3x
  • 2x
PRIZE TIMES POWER PLAY
  • Prize Won Times 10
  • Prize Won Times 5
  • Prize Won Times 4
  • Prize Won Times 3
  • Prize Won Times 2
  • 1 in 43
  • 1 in 21.5
  • 1 in 14.33
  • 1 in 3.31
  • 1 in 1.79

Odds When 10X Multiplier is Not Available

POWER PLAY
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 3x
  • 2x
PRIZE TIMES POWER PLAY
  • Prize Won Times 5
  • Prize Won Times 4
  • Prize Won Times 3
  • Prize Won Times 2
  • 1 in 21
  • 1 in 14
  • 1 in 3.23
  • 1 in 1.75

Powerball® costs $2 per play.

Select five numbers from 1 to 69 for the white balls; then select one number from 1 to 26 for the red Powerball.

Choose your numbers on a play slip or let the lottery terminal randomly pick your numbers.

The Powerball jackpot grows until it is won.

Players win a prize by matching one of the 9 Ways to Win.

Where

Powerball is played in 45 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands!

Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET.

Sales cut-off times vary by one to two hours before the drawing, depending on the selling jurisdiction.

To find out where to watch the drawings, click here.

Power Play

Ask for Power Play® with your Powerball purchase!

For an additional $1 per play, the Power Play feature can multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 times!

The multiplier number is randomly selected just before each drawing.

The 10X multiplier is only in play when the advertised jackpot annuity is $150 million or less.

The Match 5 prize with Power Play is always $2 million.

Multi-Draw

Play the same set of numbers in multiple drawings!

Select the number of consecutive drawings you want to play in the Multi-Draw or Advance Play section of your play slip or tell the retailer how many drawings you wish to play.

The number of Multi-Draws or Advance Plays available for purchase is dependent on the selling jurisdiction.

How TALL

A Powerball jackpot of $40 million may not seem like much, but ask yourself this – is $40 million really a small amount of money? Is the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. a small building?

If you were to stack $100 bills, take a look at the heights the money would reach at each estimated jackpot amount.

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