Three lucky Powerball Lottery jackpot winners – two from New Jersey and one from Minnesota – will split the Powerball Lottery jackpot winnings of 448 million dollars. The three lucky winners cashed in by matching all six of their numbers to the Powerball drawing. The numbers drawn Wednesday night were 5, 25, 30, 58, 59, and the Powerball was 32. I know I would have picked “11” as a number, so I’m not too upset.
The first winner, a Minnesota resident, has reportedly cashed in his or her winning ticket. The Minnesota winner bought his or her ticket at a store in Anoka County, Minnesota, and claimed that ticket in “very fast” according to Minnesota’s lottery spokeswoman. The two New Jersey winners are yet to claim ownership. The winners will have the option of going public once their winning tickets are confirmed by Powerball officials.
The Powerball Lottery jackpot reached 448 million, as hopeful gamblers across the country bought tickets in massive quantities, hoping to score the big win. Powerball expanded to a National a few years ago, which has led to mega jackpots like this one becoming more commons. The three way split means each winner will take home…hold on…106 million dollars! Those looking for a lump-sum payment will only be eligible for 86 million, or 58.3 million after taxes; I imagine they will survive.
The odds of winning the Powerball Lottery stand at 175 million to one. In March of last year, the Powerball Lottery paid out 656 million to multiple winners. This June, a woman in Florida was the sole winner of a 590.5 million jackpot. That woman was evidently Rosie O’ Donnell as she appeared in the TV show Nip/Tuck.