The Powerball numbers drawn Wednesday night were 11, 23, 28, 32 and 47, with a Powerball number of 20 — and for the 10th straight time, no one in the 43 states, plus the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands where Powerball tickets are sold, hit that entire six-digit combo.
That means that the Powerball jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing starts at $194 million. If a surge of hopeful, aspiring multimillionaires buy a large numbers of the $2 tickets, that jackpot could rise, making Saturday’s Powerball numbers worth close to $200 million.
Of course, if the winner of Saturday’s Powerball takes the jackpot in one lump sum, it will come as a cash payout of $110.7 million. Before taxes, of course. Still, not exactly chump change. To take the full amount of the advertised jackpot, a winner must elect to receive payments as an annuity — that is, one payment immediately then annual payments for each of the next 29 years.
Even though there were no big jackpot winners this time, and there has not been one since Christmas Day, there were still five new millionaires created by the Powerball lottery last night. Tickets matching the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number, are each worth $1 million.
On January 29, second-prize tickets were sold in five different states: Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, New York and New Jersey. For New Jersey, the ticket sold at the Acme store in Swedesboro was the second million-dollar Powerball ticket sold in the state already in 2014.
The million bucks going to a fortunate Florida resident is the first such prize in that state this year. But in 2013, Florida produced 49 Powerball millionaires, in a state with just under 20 million people.
All in all, Powerball tickets sold for the January 29 drawing turned up 592,462 winners overall, collecting a total of $8,662,771 in prizes.
The next drawing of Powerball numbers takes place at 10:59 pm, Saturday, February 1, in Tallahassee, Florida. Good luck!