When you play the lottery, you never expect to see yourself crowned as the one and only winner. Although it seems unlikely to you, this happens all the time with US Powerball, especially in recent years!
Not that long ago, a winner managed to take home $768.4 million after choosing the six winning lotto numbers in Wisconsin. Not only was that the third largest jackpot in US history, but it was all achieved with one single ticket. If you’re debating whether to buy your next ticket, what are you waiting for?
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The Lucky Numbers
When the winner chose their numbers on a normal Wednesday, they didn’t realise that their life was about to change overnight. The winning Powerball numbers that turned somebody into a multimillionaire were:
16, 20, 37, 44, 62 and Powerball number 12.
The lucky winner has a choice to make between an approximated $768.4 million, which is paid in 30 progressed payments or a lump sum of $477 million. These two options are both before taxes are deducted. It is unclear as to which the winner chose, but both amounts wouldn’t be something to complain about! Seven tickets in total matched the five white balls, but didn’t match the red Powerball in the draw. This lead to a $1 million prize rather than the hundreds of millions the unexpected winner is entitled to. Some of the other winning tickets were bought in Arizona, New York, New Jersey, Missouri, California and Indiana.
Third Largest Jackpot in U.S History
This jackpot seems outrageously high and generous, but it is actually only the third highest jackpot in U.S history. The world record is the $1.586 billion Powerball prize, which was shared by winners in Florida, California and Tennessee. The second largest comes just below this amount and was won in South Carolina last October. David Barden, Powerball Product Group Chairman and New Mexico Lottery CEO explains:
“It’s going to be a very green spring for our first Powerball jackpot winner(s) of 2019,”
“A jackpot of this size can make many dreams come true – not just for the winner(s), but for all Lottery beneficiaries and the lucky state of Wisconsin.” Powerball is played in 44 states as well as Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands. When you play the lottery online,then you can play whenever and from wherever!
If you aren’t a regular player of the Powerball lottery, then now is certainly the right time to start. You should always check your tickets for one of the nine ways to win, as over five million people were estimated to have won something during that draw. Anything can happen when you put your faith in your numbers, whether you’re a loyal lottery player or a first timer. Your single ticket might make you an unexpected millionaire, sooner than you think!
This article forms part of our Powerball Resource Centre.