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3 Powerball tickets worth $1M sold in N.J. as $731M jackpot goes to single winner

While no one who bought a Powerball ticket in New Jersey won Wednesday’s massive $731.1 million jackpot, three lucky Garden State lottery players each won the second prize of $1 million.

The jackpot winning-ticket for the fifth-largest U.S. lottery prize was purchased in Maryland. It’s the fourth-largest Powerball lottery jackpot, while the Mega Millions jackpot continues to climb with Friday’s jackpot at an estimated $970 million.

New Jersey Lottery officials will disclose the retailers that sold the $1 million tickets later Thursday. There’s also a good chance some Powerball tickets sold in New Jersey won third-prize amounts of $50,000 or $150,000. There were 122 third-prize tickets nationally in Wednesday’s drawing.

These are the biggest winning lottery jackpots in U.S. history and where the upcoming Mega Millions drawing will rank if a winning ticket is sold. Len Melisurgo | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

In all, 13 second-prize tickets were sold across the country. One of the 13 — also bought in Maryland — is worth $2 million because the winner spent an extra $1 for the Power Play option.

There were also two second-prize tickets sold in three states — California, Georgia and Illinois — as well as one apiece in Maine, Michigan and Oregon. All are worth $1 million except the two California tickets, which are valued at $599,639. California lottery prizes vary depending on ticket sales and number of winners. They differ from the fixed second prizes offered in other participating states.

Wednesday’s winning numbers were: 40, 53, 60, 68, 69. The Powerball drawn was 22 with a Power Play of 3X.

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