Jackpot winner found in $ 730M Powerball, Mega Millions still up for grabs

Video Above: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Do If You Win the Lottery There was a jackpot winner in the $ 730 million Powerball who became the first to take the grand prize in months. Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players had another shot at a huge jackpot Wednesday night when a $ 730 million Powerball prize was at stake. The Powerball jackpot was the fifth largest ever and came just a day after no one broke even – bigger Mega Millions prize now standing at $ 970 million. The winning numbers for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing were: 40-53-60-68-69 and a Powerball of 22. It was the first time that both lottery jackpots exceeded $ 700 million. The biggest prize was a $ 1.58 billion Powerball jackpot that was won by three people in 2016. Nobody had won one of the jackpots since mid-September, so the prizes could grow steadily for months. Such a long stretch without a winner is rare, but it also reflects the incredibly low chances of winning – one of 292.2 million for Powerball and one of 302.5 million for Mega Millions. Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Gentry said Tuesday night’s Mega Millions raffle had sales of $ 260 million, resulting in 36% of all possible number combinations being covered. Prizes listed are for winners who choose an annuity option that pays over 30 years. Most winners opt for cash prizes, which would be $ 716.3 million for Mega Millions and $ 546 million for Powerball. These prices would also be subject to federal tax, and most states would also make a cut. Mega Millions and Powerball are both played in 45 states plus Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands. Powerball is also offered in Puerto Rico.

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Above Video: 5 Things You Should Not Do If You Win the Lottery

There was a jackpot winner in the $ 730 million Powerball who became the first to win the grand prize in months.

Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players had another shot at a huge jackpot Wednesday night when a $ 730 million Powerball prize was at stake.

The Powerball jackpot was the fifth largest ever and came just a day after no one won the even bigger Mega Millions prize, which now stands at $ 970 million.

The winning numbers for the Powerball draw on Wednesday night were: 40-53-60-68-69 and a Powerball of 22.

It was the first time that both lottery jackpots exceeded $ 700 million. The biggest prize was a $ 1.58 billion Powerball jackpot won by three people in 2016.

Nobody had won one of the jackpots since mid-September, so the prizes grew steadily for months. Such a long stretch without a winner is rare, but it also reflects the incredibly low chances of winning – one of 292.2 million for Powerball and one of 302.5 million for Mega Millions.

Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Gentry said Tuesday night’s Mega Millions raffle generated $ 260 million in revenue, which resulted in 36% of all possible number combinations being covered.

Prizes listed are for winners who choose an annuity option that pays over 30 years. Most winners opt for cash prizes, which would be $ 716.3 million for Mega Millions and $ 546 million for Powerball.

These prices would also be subject to federal tax, and most states would also make a cut.

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Mega Millions and Powerball are both played in 45 states, as well as Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands. Powerball is also offered in Puerto Rico.

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