A ticket with all six numbers in Wednesday evening’s drawing of the multi-state Powerball lottery was sold in Wisconsin and its owner has 60 days to choose whether to accept the lump sum payment of nearly $477 million or the $768.4 million jackpot paid out over 30 years.
The jackpot was the fourth largest in U.S. lottery history.
There were two tickets sold in Northern California with five numbers, but missing the Powerball number. They are each worth $2,939,782, the California Lottery announced. California law requires major payoffs of lottery games to be paid on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning the payoff is determined by the size of the pool instead of a fixed amount.
There were also seven other tickets sold with five numbers, but missing the Powerball number. One each sold in Kansas and Minnesota are each worth $2 million because the players utilized the Power Play option, where for an additional $1 per play, a ticket with five numbers, but missing the Powerball number, is worth $2 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association, which conducts the game.
The other five are each worth $1 million. They were sold in Arizona, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey and New York.
The numbers drawn Wednesday were 16, 20, 37, 44, 62 and the Powerball number was 12.
The drawing was the 25th since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold.
The odds of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is 1 in about 293 million, according to the Powerball website. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 24.87.
The Powerball game is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
The jackpot for Saturday’s draw will be $40 million.
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