The Powerball winning numbers for January 30, 2016, are in, and there were no jackpot winners. This means at the next drawing, the Powerball jackpot will climb from $97.9 million to an estimated $112 million, with a cash value of $72,300,000. Though there were no jackpot winners claiming the grand prize, there were two match five winners located in New York and Texas, who won $1 million each. You may watch the live drawing video as it occurred on January 30 in the video player below. The winning numbers are 5, 12, 16, 31, 43, and the Powerball is 18. The Power Play drawn was 4x. The next Powerball drawing takes place on Wed, February 3, 2016, at 11:00 p.m. ET. There were 721,256 total Powerball winners.
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The two match five winners didn’t add the Power Play option, which would have increased their winnings to $4 million. They did win $1 million each, which is sure to brighten their day. The Texas match 5 Powerball winner purchased the winning ticket at a Fiesta Mart, and according to the Texas Lottery, the winner used a Quick Pick.
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The jackpot prize and matching 5 Powerball winning numbers wasn’t the only way to win big on Saturday’s drawing. Due to the 4x Power Play, those who matched 4 plus the Powerball saw their winnings increase from $50,000 to $200,000. Arizona had two Match 4 winners with the Powerball without the Power Play for $50,000. California had four $50,000 winners, Georgia had two $50,000 winners, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Louisiana and Michigan had one $50,000 winner. North Carolina had two Match 4 and the Powerball winners, one who increased their winnings from $50,000 to $200,000 by adding the Power Play. Oklahoma also sold one winning Match 4 and the Powerball ticket with the Powerplay for a total win of $200,000. In total, eight people won $200,000 by using the Power Play, and there were 18 Match 4 and the Powerball winners.
There are nine ways to win Powerball, and the use of the Power Play can greatly enhance your winnings. The Power Play isn’t applicable to the jackpot, but it multiplies all other wins.
There are nine ways to win Powerball, and those who play the game will need to choose if they want to play their own numbers or let the computer randomly select them. There has been a surge in Powerball winners who have used Quick Pick tickets. As more billion dollar Powerball jackpots are promised for the future of the game, more people are opting to use Quick Picks as opposed to picking their own numbers. The draw of large jackpots are causing more people to play Powerball with lotteries seeing record numbers in sales. Those who choose their own winning numbers may be interested in researching Powerball number frequency. These charts include lists of numbers that appear in winning combinations more frequently than others. Learning to play Powerball is simple, and you can always check with your local state lottery for rules and regulations that are applicable for your state. Those who play Powerball should make sure to always sign the back of their tickets, as well. A New York cab driver was charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing his friend’s winning $50,000 Powerball ticket and trying to pass it off as his own.
While there are plenty of things to take into consideration when playing Powerball, you also need to take into consideration what you will do should you win. It’s easy to fantasize and daydream of the ways you’d spend a Powerall jackpot, especially if it is hundreds of millions or billions of dollars, but you should also prepare for the necessary steps to take if you do win a prize. The first thing to determine is whether you can remain anonymous in your state, or if you must go public. Check with your local state laws. If you must go public but are worried about your safety, speak with an attorney experienced with lottery cases. You may be able to set up a trust in order to protect your identity while complying with the laws. There were three winning tickets sold for the $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot. As the time of this writing, only one of the three winners have come forward. It is unclear whether the other two winners are trying to conceal their identity, or if they are unaware they have the winning ticket.
Powerball tickets cost $2 per play, and the Power Play is an additional dollar. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 p.m. ET, and take place at the Florida Lottery studios in Tallahassee.
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