We have a winner! Single lucky $730 million Powerball ticket sold
Posted: Jan 21, 2021 / 05:16 AM CST / Updated: Jan 21, 2021 / 05:16 AM CST
Blank forms for the Powerball lottery sit in a bin at a local grocery store, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A single Powerball ticket sold in Maryland is the winner of an estimated $731.1 million jackpot, the first to get the top prize in months.
Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players had another shot at a giant jackpot Wednesday night that earlier had been estimated at $730 million, but grew even further based on final ticket sales. Following the win, the new jackpot drops to an estimated $20 million for the next drawing Saturday.
The Powerball jackpot was the fifth-largest U.S. lottery jackpot ever, and it came only a day after nobody won the even-larger Mega Millions prize, which now stands at $970 million.
Winning numbers for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing were: 40-53-60-68-69 and a Powerball of 22.
It was the first time both lottery jackpots topped $700 million. The biggest prize was a $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot won by three people in 2016.
No one had won either of the jackpots since mid-September, allowing the prizes to grow steadily for months. Such a long stretch without a winner is rare but also reflects the incredibly small odds of winning — 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball and 1 in 302.5 million for Mega Millions.
The prizes listed are for winners who choose an annuity option, paid over 30 years. Most winners opt for cash prizes, which for Mega Millions would be $716.3 million and $546.8 million for Wednesday’s Powerball. After the Powerball win, the new jackpot has a $15 million cash value.
Those prizes also would be subject to federal taxes, and most states would take a cut as well.The Powerball jackpot was the fifth-largest U.S. lottery jackpot ever, and it came only a day after nobody won the even-larger Mega Millions prize, which now stands at $970 million.
Maryland ticket wins Powerball’s $730 million jackpot; two $1 million tickets sold in Georgia
ATLANTA — Someone is waking up a millionaire this morning. Unfortunately, it’s probably not you.
A ticket in Maryland matched all the Powerball numbers last night to win the $730 million jackpot.
But, two lucky people in Georgia won $1 million each. Georgia Lottery told Channel 2 Action News that one ticket was sold in Alpharetta and the other in Columbus.
Here are Wednesday night’s winning numbers: 53-60-40-68-69 and the Powerball is 22.
If the Powerball winner chose the cash option, he or she would walk away with $546 million. The odds of winning the big prize were 1 in 292,201,338.
You can watch EVERY Powerball and Mega Millions drawing LIVE on Channel 2! Mega Millions drawings are on Tuesday and Friday. Powerball drawings are on Wednesday and Saturday.
But you still have a chance to become a millionaire, the drawing for the $970 million Mega Millions prize is Friday night.
The cash option for that jackpot is $716.3 million.
Stay with Channel 2 Action News for updates on the lottery winnerSomeone is waking up a millionaire this morning. Unfortunately, it’s probably not you. ]]>