The March 2, 2016, Powerball drawing resulted in one jackpot winner from Florida. The Powerball jackpot was $291.4 million with an estimated cash value of $191.5 million. The winner will have the choice of taking a lump sum payment or spreading their winnings over 29 annual payments. The lucky Powerball jackpot winner matched all five white balls and the red Power Ball to claim the grand prize. You can watch the video of the last Powerball drawing as it took place live from the Florida Lottery studios in Tallahassee, Florida, last night. The winning Powerball numbers for March 2 are 12, 13, 44, 52, 62, and the Power Ball is 6. The Power Play multiplier is 2x.
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The Florida Lottery released a press announcement on March 3 discussing the win. Florida has won two Powerball jackpots in back-to-back drawings. On Jan. 13, 2016, a Florida couple, Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt, won one of three winning tickets in the $1.58 billion jackpot drawing.
Here is the information as released by the Florida Lottery studios regarding last night’s Powerball jackpot win.
“The Florida Lottery announces that a Florida player was the sole winner of the $291.4 million POWERBALL® jackpot drawn last night, marking Florida’s second consecutive POWERBALL jackpot winner.
“The winning numbers were 12-13-44-52-62 and the Powerball was 06. The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at Tom Thumb, located at 5515 Overseas Highway in Marathon. The retailer will receive $85,000 for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.
“‘We are thrilled to announce that Wednesday night’s drawing produced Florida’s 12th POWERBALL jackpot winner,’ said Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie. ‘This series of POWERBALL jackpot rollovers, which began on January 16, following the record setting $1.58 billion POWERBALL jackpot, generated more than $25.7 million for education in Florida.'”
“The Florida POWERBALL jackpot winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim his/her prize. However, to elect the one-time, lump-sum cash payment option (in the amount of $191,470,307.58), the claim must be filed within 60 days after the winning draw date.
“The Florida Lottery is the second largest-selling lottery in the country, exceeding more than $3.5 billion in sales, yielding $1.4 billion in education funding to date. Since POWERBALL launched in Florida in January 2009, the Florida Lottery has had the most winners in the nation with more than 64 million winning tickets totaling more than $2 billion in prizes.”
There seems to be a trend in people winning Powerball jackpots while playing Quick Pick tickets. During the Jan. 13 drawing, the Tennessee winners John and Lisa Robinson won using a Quick Pick ticket. In previous times, lottery winners and those viewed as experts at winning the lottery recommended to always play your own numbers and never choose a Quick Pick or Easy Pick ticket, but these tickets are winning quite frequently. As more Quick Pick tickets are winning, more people are opting to use Quick Pick tickets.
— Florida Lottery (@floridalottery) March 3, 2016
The Florida Powerball jackpot winner wasn’t the only one with a lucky streak last night. A match 5 winning ticket was sold in California. Match 5 tickets are worth $1 million or $2 million if the Power Play multiplier is used. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.00 and the odds of winning the Match 5 are 1 in 11,688,053.52, according to the official Powerball website.
There were 18 Match 4 plus the Powerball winners who won $50,000. One person used the Power Play multiplier that was 2x and multiplied their winning to $100,000.
The next Powerball drawing will be held on Saturday, March 5, at 11:00 p.m. ET. The Powerball jackpot will reset to $40 million after Wednesday’s win and will have an estimated cash value of $26,300,000.
Are you going to play Powerball on Saturday’s drawing? If so, stay tuned as we’ll have the live drawing video, Powerball winning numbers, news, and latest updates on the winners.
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