The Powerball results are in and there’s not one jackpot winner but three in what’s turned out to be the fifth-largest lottery in U.S. history, and the third-largest in the history of the game.
The winning numbers were 11, 13, 25, 39, 54, and P:19.
Winning tickets matching all six numbers are entitled to their share of the jackpot, which in this case, has exceeded $500 million. The winning tickets were sold in two states, North Carolina and Texas, as well as Puerto Rico. The ticket sold in Puerto Rico was the first Powerball jackpot winner ever sold outside of the continental U.S., according to senior drawing manager and production coordinator for the Multi-State Lottery Assocation, Sue Dooley, the NY Times reported.
In 2012, state officials running the Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries changed ticket prices and lowered the odds of winning jackpots with the intent of increasing the number of massive prizes and to draw in more players. According to the NY Times report, the new rules have proven a success as jackpots have repeatedly climbed to record levels and more than half of the top 10 U.S. jackpots have been reached within the past couple of years.
With three winning tickets, the jackpot winners will have to split the $564.1 million pot three ways. According to USA Today, the lump sum would be worth roughly $381 million before taxes.
Now that the three winning tickets have claimed the latest jackpot, the game’s jackpot now resets to the default value of $40 million.
Thirty-three tickets matching all five white balls, but not the red ball were also announced in the latest drawing. Each of these tickets is worth an estimated $1 million.
Powerball tickets, which cost $2 apiece, are sold in 44 states in the United States, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico within the last year, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
WKYC reports that a person has better odds of playing in the NBA, being a movie star, or becoming the president of the United States. The odds of matching every number and winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510 according to the official Powerball website.
Historically, Pennsylvania has sold the most winning Powerball jackpot tickets coming in with a total of 16. Indiana comes in second with 11, Louisiana at third with 8, and Florida ties with Missouri for fourth.
It’s been nearly a year since the game’s jackpot broke $400 million.
Only six states allow their jackpot winners to remain anonymous. Others offer exceptions under special circumstances such as the protection of peace officers.
Would you want to remain anonymous if you won the jackpot?