Powerball launches to $750 million; 2 Florida millionaires in latest drawing


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Remember when $100,000 would get you motivated to buy a lottery ticket?

How about this week’s $750 million Powerball drawing? You in?

It will be the fourth-largest jackpot of any kind played in the U.S., and the third-largest Powerball, still a good ways behind the $1.586.5 billion jackpot in 2016, split three ways, by winners in Melbourne Beach, California and Tennessee.

Powerball interest, like the jackpot, is on the rise. A cool $750 million is up for grabs Wednesday night, March 27. (Photo: Hillard Grossman/FLORIDA TODAY)

No one matched all six numbers Saturday night, meaning the next jackpot, Wednesday night, March 27, will be worth $750 million, but it also has the cash option of $465.5 million.

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The interest across America, like the jackpot itself, is soaring. The jackpot climbed more than $110 million from Saturday night.

Saturday night, one Florida player (and one Wisconsin player) earned $2 million for matching the first five white balls. Both played the multiplier.

Another Florida player was among seven $1 million winners for matching the first five white balls without the multiplier.

The winning numbers drawn for Powerball, Saturday, March 23:

24-25-52-60-66 with a red Powerball of 5

(multiplier 3x)

The actual jackpot value climbed to $638.8 million (from $625M), officials said late Saturday.

Wednesday’s jackpot would obviously be the largest payday of any game so far in 2019. A New York player claimed the $437 million Mega Millions jackpot on New Year’s Day.

It’s easy to play: Simply select five white balls between 1 and 69 and then a red Powerball between 1 and 26. Or just ask for a QuickPick ticket.

It’ll cost you $2 or toss in an extra dollar for the multiplier, giving you as much as 4 times the value of any consolation prize.

The odds of winning the big prize: 1 in 292,201,338.

The drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday.

In this Aug. 18, 2017, file photo, a customer shows his purchased Powerball tickets in Hialeah.

In the 24 drawings so far this year, there have been six multiple red Powerballs drawn: No. 21 has now been drawn three times, while Nos. 1, 13, 14, 23 and 24 each have been drawn twice.

Among the 10 most recent drawings, it would be difficult to figure out any pattern, although besides the three duplicated red Powerballs, (14, 21 and 23), a single-digit red Powerball has not been drawn since Feb. 20, a single-digit ball has not been selected among the white balls in the last four drawings. Also, the No. 5  red Powerball (drawn for the first time since last Nov. 17) was only the second single-digit Powerball chosen in the past 10 drawings.

March 23: 24-25-52-60-66 PB: 5

March 20: 10-14-50-53-63 PB: 21

March 16: 30-34-39-53-67 PB: 11

March 13: 18-36-45-47-69 PB: 14

March 9:5-6-45-55-59 PB: 14

March 6: 6-10-21-35-46 PB: 23

March 2: 1-19-25-27-68 PB: 21

Feb. 27: 21-31-42-49-59 PB: 23

Feb. 23: 4-6-14-20-32 PB: 13

Feb. 20: 27-49-50-51-52 PB: 2

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Powerball will be a big draw again this week.

Via floridatoday





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