There was a $ 730 million Powerball jackpot winner, the first to take home the first prize in months.
Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players got another chance to win a giant jackpot on Wednesday night with a $ 730 million Powerball prize at stake. The winning ticket was sold in Maryland, pushing the new jackpot up to an estimated $ 20 million for the next draw on Saturday.
The Powerball prize was the fifth largest ever, and it came just a day after anyone won the biggest Mega Millions prize, which is now $ 970 million.
The winning numbers in Wednesday night’s Powerball Draw were: 40-53-60-68-69 and the Powerball of 22.
It was the first time that each of the lottery prizes had exceeded $ 700 million. The The biggest prize It was a $ 1.58 billion Powerball prize that was won by three people in 2016.
No one has won any of the major prizes since mid-September, which has allowed the awards to grow steadily for several months. Such a long span without a winner is rare but also reflects incredibly small winning odds – one out of 292.2 million for Powerball and one out of 302.5 million for Mega Millions.
Maryland lottery spokeswoman Carol Gentry said Tuesday night’s Mega Millions draw saw sales of $ 260 million, covering 36% of all potential number combinations.
The prizes listed are for winners who choose the annuity option, and are paid out over a period of 30 years. Most of the winners choose the cash prizes, which will be $ 716.3 million for Mega Millions and $ 546 million for Powerball.
These awards will also be subject to federal taxation, and most states will be subject as well.
Both Mega Millions and Powerball are played in 45 states plus Washington, D.C. and the US Virgin Islands. Powerball is also offered in Puerto Rico.