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Powerball Jackpot: Winning Numbers Picked For $325 Million Prize

Winning numbers drawn for Powerball

The winning numbers for the $325 Powerball jackpot were drawn at 11 pm Saturday.

The numbers are: 22, 32, 37, 44, 50 and Powerball 34.

A lucky individual, or group, with the right numbers will take home the fourth-largest Powerball jackpot in history.

The prize soared to $325 million after the last 14 drawings passed with no one matching all the winning numbers.

The three largest jackpots were $337 million earlier in 2012, $340 million in 2005, and $365 million in 2006.

A single winner’s cash payout would be nearly $213 million before taxes.

Powerball tickets doubled to $2 in January, and since then, the number of tickets sold has decreased. However, sales revenue has increased by about 35 percent, according to Norm Lingle, chairman of the Powerball board of directors.

Lingle, who is also the executive director of the South Dakota Lottery, said this weekend will be “telling.”

“To my knowledge we’ve never had a large jackpot run like this fall over a major holiday,” he said.

Recent Powerball winners include an Iowa couple that won $202 million on September 26. A week later, a Delaware resident picked all six numbers for a $50 million prize.

Lottery officials are unsure what effect Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Christmas shopping season will have on Powerball ticket sales, which usually pick up in the days before high-dollar drawings.

It wasn’t immediately clear after the drawing if there was a winner.

The current estimated jackpot is now $425 million, with a $278.3 million cash value.

Powerball is played in 41 states, including New York and New Jersey, as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

What would you do if you won the Powerball jackpot?

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