The winning Powerball numbers are in, and it appears there is one matching ticket, sold in Florida. That ticket’s owner will soon be worth more than $590 million — before taxes, at least.
Powerball.com stated that the winner sold in Florida means that the current jackpot will reset to $40 million, or about $25.1 million cash value.
Terry Rich, a lottery official in Iowa, confirmed the winning Powerball ticket was sold in Florida. Details are expected to be announced later by Florida lottery officials.
The winning Powerball numbers were: 10, 13, 14, 22, and Powerball 11. And Saturday night’s winner could actually earn more than $600 million, as the official Powerball jackpot figure results are still pending.
The chances of winning the Powerball are astronomically low at about 1 in 175.2 million odds. That’s how many different ways to combine the numbers on a ticket. Lottery officials estimated before the drawing that almost 80 percent of those possible combinations were purchased. That meant the chances of someone winning the record jackpot were 80 percent.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich stated earlier on Saturday, “This would be the roll to get in on. Of course there’s no guarantee, and that’s the randomness of it, and the fun of it.” But the astronomically low chance of getting the winning Powerball numbers didn’t deter anyone.
People across 43 states plus Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands, lined up at gas stations and convenience stores the past few days for their small shot at striking it crazy rich. And it appears for one lucky Floridian, that has happened. The latest jackpot is estimated to be the world’s second largest overall. The record holder is March 2012’s $656 Mega Millions jackpot.
Should the pot be $600 million this time around, the Powerball winner will be given a $376.9 million cash option. The massive jackpot caused enough frenzy that the Powerball website was briefly overloaded right after the numbers were drawn.
Did you purchase a ticket, hoping yours would be the winning Powerball numbers?