The Powerball winning numbers for Jan. 16, 2016, results are in and excitement is high. After several weeks of great anticipation and Powerball pandemonium, the jackpot was reset to $40 million and the multi-state lottery game was back in play. A $1.5 billion jackpot was the cause of crashing the official Powerball website as people flocked to see if the previous Powerball winning numbers could make them a billionaire. Three people won the $1.5 billion causing the jackpot to whittle down to $40 million. After the Powerball winning numbers came in, the official Powerball site updated their information and announced there were no jackpot winners. There was one Powerball Match 5 winner with the 2x Power Play for a $2 million win in Arizona, and five winners won $1 million in New York and Pennsylvania. In all, there was a total of $10,037,506 won in jackpot prizes and a total of 953,074 winners. As no one matched all of the Powerball winning numbers, the jackpot has increased to $50 million with a $31.8 million cash value. The next Powerball drawing will be on Wed. Jan. 20, 2016.
You may watch video from the live Powerball drawing that occurred at 10:59 p.m., ET on Jan. 16, 2016 below.
The Powerball winning numbers for Jan. 16, 2016, were 3, 51, 52, 61, 64 and 6.
The excitement over last Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot hasn’t seem to worn off. If social media networks are to be trusted, it appears more people are playing Powerball than before the record-breaking $1.5 billion jackpot. People are excited and after interviews and news stories of the three Powerball jackpot winners who matched all five white balls and the red Powerball, it appears more people want to try their hand at winning a jackpot.
Tennessee couple wins share of $1.6B Powerball prize https://t.co/2C7c7FKvhM
— News24/7 (@AsItBreaks_) January 17, 2016
— KATU News (@KATUNews) January 14, 2016
As the Powerball continues to take off and financial forecasters expect more billion dollar jackpots in the future, it is imperative that Powerball players remain on guard against scams. Those who purchase a Powerball ticket should sign the back of it immediately and ensure they keep it in a safe place. Beware of Facebook scams and Powerball hoaxes that continue to surface. From people creating fake photos on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to people trying to get others to cash in their tickets, Facebook scams and hoaxes are abound.
Sometimes friends and family members play tricks by pretending someone’s ticket matches all of the Powerball winning numbers. This was the case when a nurse’s son tricked his mother and her co-workers into believing they had won the $1.5 billion jackpot.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 16, 2016
A terrible Powerball scam/hoax is that one of the three $1.5 Powerball jackpot winners is giving away money on Facebook. The winners are John and Lisa Robinson, and they are from Munford, Tennessee. They went public with their identity and even revealed their winning ticket on the NBC Today show. The hoax essentially states that they won too much money and want to give much of it away. Here is a quote from the fake Facebook message that began circulating on Jan. 15.
“To Celebrate Their Record Win and Give Back, Powerball Winners John Robinson and his wife Lisa
are Giving Away Cash To Random People.
Simply Invite 2 Friends to Get Your Cash After 2 Friends Click Your Link. Get Your Cash Instantly!”
While it’s true the Robinson’s have stated they don’t want the money to change them, and plan to continue living their lives much as they did before, it is not true that they are giving away riches.
— snopes.com (@snopes) January 16, 2016
Not only did Snopes explain how this was nothing more than a Facebook hoax, they also identified the source as being a fake site that pretends to be legitimate news.
“It appears that the message originated on the fake news web site Daily Media Buzz. In addition to creating the fake message, DMB also created fake Facebook comments to make it seem like some random people had received money for John and Lisa.”
Stay tuned for next week’s Powerball’s winning numbers as the jackpot may continue to rise should there be a significant increase in ticket sales. What do you think about Powerball scams and hoaxes? Have you ever fell for one?
[Photo by Phil Spears/AP]