Powerball Numbers Don’t Hit Jackpot But Create 5 New Millionaires

The Powerball numbers drawn in Tallahassee, Florida, at 10:59 pm Saturday night did not yield a single jackpot-winning ticket, out of 14.4 million sold. But the game’s second prize, awarded for hitting the first five numbers but not the Powerball number, had a great night.

The Powerball second prize of $1 million will be handed out to five ticket buyers in five different states.

Actually, to be entirely accurate, the $1 million prize will go to three people. Two of the winning ticket buyers had the foresight to pay an extra buck — $3 instead of $2 — which activates the Power Play option.

That extra dollar was a pretty good investment. Those two winners will pocket $2 million each, instead of just $1 million.

All told, 433,011 Powerball tickets sold for Saturday’s game won some sort of prize, as the 43-state lottery gave away $9,481,671 in total non-jackpot cash.

Want to find out if any of that money belongs to you? Check your Powerball ticket against these numbers, drawn Saturday night:

1014243241 Powerball 30.

With no winner Saturday, the jackpot takes another $10 million bump for the drawing Wednesday, March 12. That Powerball jackpot will be worth $60 million before taxes to a winner who takes the payout in 30 annual checks. A winner, if there is one, who wants the money all at once, will have to settle for $33.8 million, before Uncle Sam takes his $8.45 million bite, as calculated by lottery watching group USA Mega.

The five second-prize winners come from Pennsylvania, New York and Florida, where the $1 million prizes will be given away, as well as Indiana and New Jersey where Power Play winners will get the $2 million giveaways.

The third prize, for matching four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball, hit on 15 tickets nationwide Saturday. That prize was a cool $10,000, except for the four players who activated Power Play to take home $20,000

In California, where the pari-mutuel payout system often produces lower prizes that in other states, the opposite was actually true Saturday. The one third-prize Powerball winner in California will receive $21,416.