Powerball hits $750 million
With the right number combination, someone could win the fourth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
The numbers needed to score an estimated $750 million are 16, 20, 37, 44, 62 and Powerball 12.
A lump sum payout would be $465.5 million. The Powerball jackpot has grown since December, when a ticket sold in New York won an estimated $298.3 million.
The odds of hitting Wednesday’s jackpot — the largest lottery jackpot of 2019 — is 1 in about 292 million according to Powerball. But Powerball says 1 in every 24.87 tickets wins a prize, starting at $4.
From Saturday’s drawing eight tickets won $1 million prizes and another two scored $2 million. Tickets cost $2 each, or $3 if players choose to multiply non-jackpot prizes with Power Play.
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Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some lotteries sell Powerball tickets online, but only to residents of the jurisdiction. Residents of the six states that don’t play — Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada and Utah — could throw their hat in the ring by traveling to another state.
The only jackpots larger than Wednesday’s include the world record $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot in January 2016 shared by winners in California, Colorado and Tennessee.
A woman from South Carolina anonymously claimed the second biggest prize of a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot last October. And in August 2017, a Massachusetts hospital worker’s pipe dream came true when she won a $758.7 million Powerball prize.
Winners can only remain anonymous in eight states: Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas.
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