If you played the Powerball for the drawing on Wednesday, January 6, you should know that no one won the estimated $524 million jackpot with an estimated cash value of $306 million. As such, the official Powerball website is not only reporting the winning Powerball numbers from Wednesday, but also the newly estimated $675 million jackpot, with a Powerball cash payout estimated at $413.1 million. A scrolling announcement on the official Powerball page announced that no one won the big jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, which means the next Powerball drawing and opportunity to win will be on Saturday.
“There were no jackpot winners for Wednesday’s drawing…The next drawing will be Saturday, January 9th, 2016.”
As reported by the Inquisitr, there are a set of popular Powerball winning numbers that folks might want to try their hand at playing when the $675 million Powerball jackpot rolls around, in addition to the Quick Pick computer pick numbers that Powerball claims many Powerball winners utilize.
“If you opt to pick your own numbers, you might want to include 8, 54, 14, 39 and 13. These numbers are the most frequently drawn numbers, according to an ABC News analysis of past winning Powerball tickets.”
Although the Powerball Winning Numbers did not yield a $524 million winner from the Wednesday, January 6, winning Powerball numbers that doesn’t mean some folks haven’t won big money.
There was a $1 million Powerball winning ticket sold in Massachusetts, reported WCVB Boston. Those $1 million winning Wednesday numbers of 2, 11, 47, 62 and 63 — with a 17 number as the Powerball — still paid money to folks who had some of the winning numbers even if the biggest prize wasn’t netted.
According to ABC News, the estimated $675 million Powerball jackpot will be the largest one in history when Saturday rolls around. With Powerball players standing in long lines to play the Powerball when it surges so high, including folks who rarely play the Powerball, the largest jackpot could actually top $700 million or more when all is said and done.
After all, the previous Powerball jackpots surged from an estimated $400 million to $500 million and then to $524 million by Wednesday, January 6.
Powerball explains to those who never play Powerball how to play the game.
“The jackpot – won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball – is either an annuitized prize paid out over 29 years (30 payments counting the first immediate payment) or a cash lump sum payment. If you choose the cash, then you get the cash, pay the tax, and can invest what is left over. If you choose the annuity, then we can invest the cash amount pre-tax, less an immediate first payment (more to invest means more earnings). With the annuity, you get an annual payment that is increased by 5% each year to keep up with the cost of living.
“The second prize – won by matching five white balls in any order – is $1,000,000 paid in cash (no annuity option). You win by matching at least three white ball numbmers. Any time you match the red Powerball, you win a prize. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are approximately 1 in 25. Players win a prize by matching one of the 9 Ways to Win.
“Each ticket costs $2.”
ABC News lets Powerball winners know what they should do if they win the Powerball jackpot. Prior to this latest $675 million estimated Powerball jackpot, the largest lottery jackpot was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot. That big booty of monies was won in March 2012. Those who do win are advised to sign their winning tickets right away, and stay anonymous, if possible.
The most recent time a Powerball jackpot was almost as large was in February 2015. That’s when three Powerball winners divided a $564.1 million prize.
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