Feeling lucky? Check your Powerball ticket to see if you have the winning numbers in the March 4 drawing — you could be an instant multi-millionaire tonight if you match all five numbers and the Powerball. Tonight’s jackpot is $90 million, which should be enough to make most of your dreams come true.
There were no winning tickets in the last drawing on February 28, so the jackpot is now at $90 million. According to the Multi-State Lottery Commission, the winner would get a one-time payout of approximately $59.7 million (before taxes), or the full amount (again, before taxes) split over 30 years, with the first payment made when the ticket is turned in at lottery headquarters.
Didn’t buy a Powerball ticket yet? Most lottery retailers stop selling tickets an hour before the 11 p.m. ET drawing, but some stop even earlier. The drawing is televised on these stations right before local newscasts and the numbers are posted shortly after the drawing on Powerball.com.
The winning numbers for March 4 are: 8, 12, 15, 35, 50, PB 32
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According to a previous report from the Inquisitr, there hasn’t been a Powerball jackpot winner since February 11. USA Today reports that three people split the $564.1 million jackpot, with winning tickets sold in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Texas. That makes tonight’s $90 million drawing look like pocket change.
One of the three winners, a single mother from Shallotte, North Carolina, already picked up a check for her share of the jackpot. She reportedly opted for the $127 million lump sum payment, which left her with $87.9 million after taxes.
KEYE TV reports that the winner from Texas contacted lottery officials, but is seeking legal advice before claiming his or her check.
The winning ticket holder from Puerto Rico cashed in the ticket, but chose to remain anonymous. NBC News reports that Powerball winners who live in Puerto Rico, Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, and South Carolina are allowed to remain anonymous. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, D.C., and the other 38 states where Powerball can be played, “winners must be publicly identified” if they want to cash in their ticket.
Powerball tickets cost $2 each, with drawings done on Wednesday and Saturday at 11 p.m. ET. The odds are not in your favor that you will win the multi-million dollar jackpot (1 in 175,223,510), but if you’re feeling lucky and have $2 to spare, it’s worth a shot.
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