Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
You last visited December 9, 2016, 8:24 am
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

Second-largest lottery jackpot in US history won

PowerballPowerball: Second-largest lottery jackpot in US history won

One ticket sold in Oregon matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball drawing to win the $340 million jackpot, the second-largest ever in United States history.

The drawing capped off a day of heavy sales in all 27 states where Powerball is played, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

It was the largest jackpot in the game's history and the second-biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday evening were 7, 21, 43, 44, 49 and 29.

There were 49 tickets sold that matched the first five numbers drawn but failed to match the Powerball to win $853,492.

The second prize was much larger than its normal $200,000 amount, due to a feature in Powerball that distributes much of the jackpot prize money down to the second prize when the jackpot reaches record levels.  The feature, called the Match 5 Bonus Prize, was put in use last night for the first time ever, even though the rule was added more than three years ago.

The Powerball jackpot had been snowballing since mid-August, with 20 straight drawings in which no one won the grand prize.

The prize goes to an estimated $15 million for Saturday.

There were a total of 49 tickets that matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball: 4 from Arizona, 2 from Colorado, 2 from Washington, D.C., 2 from Indiana, 1 from Iowa, 1 from Kansas, 4 from Kentucky (1 with Power Play), 3 from Louisiana, 4 from Minnesota, 3 from Missouri, 1 from New Hampshire, 4 from Oregon, 10 from Pennsylvania, 1 from Rhode Island, 3 from South Carolina, 1 from Vermont, 1 from U.S. Virgin Islands (with Power Play), 1 from West Virginia and 1 from Wisconsin.

The second prize winners who purchased the Power Play feature will receive a prize of $1,653,492 (before taxes).  The prize is calculated by taking the normal prize of $200,000, multiplying it by the Power Play number that was drawn (5), and then adding the Match 5 Bonus Prize money of $653,492.  The Match 5 Bonus Prize is not multiplied by Power Play.

Mary Neubauer, spokeswoman for the Iowa Lottery, said hundreds of ticket buyers had played a set of numbers from the ABC drama "Lost," which featured a character who won $156 million by playing a string of digits obtained from a patient in a mental institution: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42.

"I just think it speaks to people's fascination with numbers and the what-if factor," Neubauer said.
The odds of hitting all six numbers were 1 in 146 million.

Lottery Post Staff

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

28 comments. Last comment 11 years ago by CASH Only.
Page 1 of 2
Avatar
Coastal Georgia
United States
Member #2653
October 30, 2003
1866 Posts
Offline
Posted: October 20, 2005, 9:42 am - IP Logged

"There were 49 tickets sold that matched the first five numbers drawn but failed to match the Powerball to win $853,492."

Not a bad consolation prize in my humble opinion !

DD

    Todd's avatar - Cylon 2.gif
    Chief Bottle Washer
    New Jersey
    United States
    Member #1
    May 31, 2000
    23273 Posts
    Offline
    Posted: October 20, 2005, 9:43 am - IP Logged

    Congrats to the big winner!  Do yourself a favor, and do a search in the Lottery Post News forum for "whittaker" (going back to the beginning of the date range), and read up on what NOT to do.

     

    Check the State Lottery Report Card
    What grade did your lottery earn?

     

    Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
    Help eliminate computerized drawings!

      whitmansm2's avatar - Lottery-029.jpg
      Right here...can't you see me?
      United States
      Member #21521
      September 10, 2005
      131 Posts
      Offline
      Posted: October 20, 2005, 10:00 am - IP Logged

      Congrats to the big winner!  Do yourself a favor, and do a search in the Lottery Post News forum for "whittaker" (going back to the beginning of the date range), and read up on what NOT to do.

      That's a big AMEN!!  I really think everyone should read about him.  When I first started playing (about 3wks ago) I checked for winners stories, and his came up.  I was blown away.  The story it self was written poorly, but it made me think.

      THE STORY SHOULD BE MANTORY!

      lol

      Stephanie

        Avatar
        Coastal Georgia
        United States
        Member #2653
        October 30, 2003
        1866 Posts
        Offline
        Posted: October 20, 2005, 10:01 am - IP Logged

        Yes,

         

        Please don't be a Whittaker...

         

        Be smart.

          wizeguy's avatar - animaniacs04

          United States
          Member #15143
          May 10, 2005
          414 Posts
          Offline
          Posted: October 20, 2005, 10:01 am - IP Logged

          Congrats to the big winner and also to the lucky second tier winners! So will $340 mill now be the new yardstick before the cap comes into effect?

           

            Bradly_60's avatar - disney37
            Atlantic Mine, Michigan
            United States
            Member #416
            June 23, 2002
            1614 Posts
            Offline
            Posted: October 20, 2005, 10:42 am - IP Logged

            Yes it will be the next cap will be at $365,000,000

            Brad

              Avatar
              Sparta, NJ
              United States
              Member #18331
              July 9, 2005
              1977 Posts
              Offline
              Posted: October 20, 2005, 11:13 am - IP Logged

              Second place, with the Power Play option, will be a nice amount. Forty-seven people are wishing they has chosen to spend the extra buck. Then again, if they were like me, they were putting their money on the grand prize, not second place. Now that I won zilch, second place is looking super great!

              Cheers

              |||::> *'`*:-.,_,.-:*''*:--->>> Chewie  <<<---.*''*:-.,_,.-:*''* <:::|||

              I only trust myself - and that's a questionable choice

                fja's avatar - gnome1

                United States
                Member #91
                January 19, 2002
                11934 Posts
                Offline
                Posted: October 20, 2005, 11:16 am - IP Logged

                I can picture this person looking at their ticket, hand starting to shake, a warm rush going throught their body, and a high pitched ringing in their ear that drowns out all other noise.... wonder what this persons last reasonable thought was, before their world just took that  sudden change in course, and is starting to head to the realm of the unimaginable.

                  Avatar
                  Sparta, NJ
                  United States
                  Member #18331
                  July 9, 2005
                  1977 Posts
                  Offline
                  Posted: October 20, 2005, 11:18 am - IP Logged

                  NY Lotto also hit last night by one person. Guess $17M annuity isn't as exciting.

                  Cheers

                  |||::> *'`*:-.,_,.-:*''*:--->>> Chewie  <<<---.*''*:-.,_,.-:*''* <:::|||

                  I only trust myself - and that's a questionable choice

                    four4me's avatar - gate1
                    MD
                    United States
                    Member #1701
                    June 18, 2003
                    8363 Posts
                    Offline
                    Posted: October 20, 2005, 11:21 am - IP Logged
                    Congrats to the winner if you checked your ticket/tickets last night then I know you haven't slept a wink are probably shaking from head to toe. If you are reading this post. Try and relax call your lawyer. Tell him you have some exciting news and to send a car for you and your family. Have your lawyer rent you a private room in the best hotel in town? When you get settled in have your immediate family members gathered together and discuss all your options about your big win. Do not tell them what's going on until everyone is together. Decide on a trust fund for your family members and whether your going to remain anonymous. Or claim the ticket in a trust.

                    Have your lawyer contact the lottery director tell the director your wishes for claming the ticket if you do not want to go public tell your lawyer to set up a private meeting with the lottery director possibly arriving at a rear or side entrance rather than the front door? More than likely media will be present. You might want to avoid that situation. Remember to try and stay calm let your emotions and feelings settle down a bit before making any big decisions. Have fun with it it's the beginning of a lifetime of new challenges and changes.

                      Todd's avatar - Cylon 2.gif
                      Chief Bottle Washer
                      New Jersey
                      United States
                      Member #1
                      May 31, 2000
                      23273 Posts
                      Offline
                      Posted: October 20, 2005, 11:43 am - IP Logged

                      To the winner:  Don't forget to mention Lottery Post in your press conference!  Big Grin

                       

                      Check the State Lottery Report Card
                      What grade did your lottery earn?

                       

                      Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
                      Help eliminate computerized drawings!

                        Avatar
                        Greenwich, CT
                        United States
                        Member #4793
                        May 24, 2004
                        1822 Posts
                        Offline
                        Posted: October 20, 2005, 11:53 am - IP Logged

                        NY Lotto also hit last night by one person. Guess $17M annuity isn't as exciting.

                        What a shame.  I was just about to start playing again next week.

                          Avatar
                          Greenwich, CT
                          United States
                          Member #4793
                          May 24, 2004
                          1822 Posts
                          Offline
                          Posted: October 20, 2005, 11:56 am - IP Logged

                          Yes it will be the next cap will be at $365,000,000

                          Brad

                          More than likely it will.

                          There's always the possibility though, that the jackpot for one drawing will land between $340 and $365 million, say $357 million.  So the cap would occur next time, at $382 million.

                            Avatar
                            Englewood, Colorado
                            United States
                            Member #19108
                            July 25, 2005
                            51 Posts
                            Offline
                            Posted: October 20, 2005, 12:03 pm - IP Logged

                            NY Lotto also hit last night by one person. Guess $17M annuity isn't as exciting.

                            How do you manage to always see the dark side of things?

                             

                            Congratulations to the person who won in New York and to the Powerball winner as well.