Last night’s massive Powerball drawing had hoards of ticket holders checking their numbers to see if they scored the second biggest jackpot in lottery history. In case you missed it,
the winning digits are: 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, with a Powerball of 4.
According to lottery officials, a single perfect match was sold at Handy Variety convenience store in Watertown, Massachusetts. The payout grew from the anticipated $700 million to $758 million after a last minute spike in sales.
But don’t throw away your ticket just yet! It is estimated that around 10 million tickets won some form of prize or cash reward totaling another $135 million.
The second largest Powerball jackpot in history is up to $700 million, and South Floridians want it!
With 44 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands participating in Powerball ticket sales, the payout has reached a staggering amount. There has only been one bigger jackpot, a $1.58 BILLION (yeah, that’s Billion, with a B) hit by three winners in January 2016. One lucky winner was from the sunshine state.
It makes perfect sense that Floridians would expect to get a piece of the next big, juicy Powerball pie. But since Powerball fever has been extremely contagious, it also means you’re likely to wait longer in lines to buy your golden tickets.
Places such as Publix supermarkets and convenience stores have reportedly seen a substantial uptick in sales.
What exactly are the odds of scoring a single perfectly-matched ticket in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing? It depends upon the total number of tickets sold, but estimates put it somewhere in the 300,000,000 to 1 range.
Should you be so fortunate to win the whole enchilada, you can choose to take a smaller lump sum payout, or 30 yearly payouts. And don’t take too much time planning your new exotic lifestyle; you have just 60 day to claim you prize.
Other winners have up to 180 days to claim their prizes.
Sales of Powerball tickets are expected to spike in the hours leading up to the drawing. All tickets must be purchased by 10 p.m. (EST) on August 23 in order to qualify for the drawing.
What happens if no one matches all of the numbers? The massive lottery jackpot is projected to grow to an eye-popping sum. The exact number won’t be known until ticket sales are reported.
If you still haven’t bought your ticket, or you plan to buy more, LottoNumbers.com has compiled a list of the most common winning numbers. They are (in order): 26, 16, 41, 22 and 32. The number 26 has been called 275 times.