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Record Powerball jackpot won by 1 ticket

PowerballPowerball: Record Powerball jackpot won by 1 ticket

Single winning Powerball lottery ticket sold in Florida

Final jackpot total of $590.5 million is largest prize won by a single ticket

How would you react if you won?

  • Updated 8:33 am with winning location and other details
  • Updated May 20 at 3:47 pm with the jackpot's cash value

By Todd Northrop

The largest Powerball lottery jackpot in game history has been won Saturday night by a single ticket sold in the state of Florida.

The record $590.5 million Powerball jackpot, which is the second-largest of any lottery game in history, started as a $40 million prize on April 3, 2013, and continued accumulating prize money for 13 consecutive drawings, until it was finally won Saturday.

On Friday the game's organizer pegged the jackpot estimate at $600 million, but the actual total fell a bit short of that number.  Still, it was enough to secure second place on the list of all-time highest lottery jackpots, and the top Powerball jackpot in history.

After all the proceeds were counted, the final lump-sum cash value of the jackpot stood at $370.9 million.

The Powerball winning numbers for Saturday, May 18, 2013, were 10, 13, 14, 22, and 52, with Powerball number 11.

The big winner undoubtedly will get very little sleep Saturday night, as they try to process winning the Powerball's largest lottery jackpot ever.

Is the winner running around the house screaming?  Are they calling their family?  Or maybe calling their boss to quit their job?  What are they planning to do with all that loot?

What is the first thing you would do?

The winning ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell.  Zephyrhills is a suburb of Tampa.

"This would be the sixth Florida Powerball winner and right now, it's the sole winner of the largest ever Powerball jackpot," O'Connell told AP. "We're delighted right now that we have the sole winner."

She said Florida has had more Powerball winners than any other state.

The winner was not immediately identified publicly and O'Connell did not give any indication just hours after Saturday's drawing whether anyone had already stepped forward with that winning ticket.

With four out of every five possible combinations of Powerball numbers in play, lottery executives said earlier that someone was almost certain to win the game's highest jackpot, a windfall of hundreds of millions of dollars — and that's after taxes.

Fortunately, even if you didn't win the jackpot, the Powerball game still offers another 8 ways to win lower-tier prizes.

In addition to the jackpot winner, a whopping 35 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers, but not the Powerball, for a $1,000,000 prize: 2 from Arizona, 2 from California, 1 from Connecticut, 2 from Florida, 2 from Georgia, 2 from Kentucky, 1 from Louisiana, 2 from Missouri, 2 from New Hampshire, 3 from New Jersey, 7 from New York, 2 from Pennsylvania, 1 from South Carolina, 1 from Tennessee, 1 from Texas, 1 from Virginia, 1 from Washington, and 2 from Wisconsin.

The 2 California second-prize winners will each be awarded $2,309,228, because California does not award fixed prizes. By law, California awards all prizes on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning the prizes will change each drawing based on the number of tickets sold and the number of tickets that won at each prize level.

Of all the second-prize winners, only two of the tickets — one of the tickets sold in New York and the South Carolina ticket — were purchased with the Power Play option for an extra $1.  Because they purchased the Power Play, those two tickets are now worth $2 million.

Power Play is not available in California, because the fixed nature of the prize increase offered in Power Play is not compatible with California's pari-mutuel payouts.

355 tickets matched four white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000.  Of those tickets, 30 were purchased with the Power Play option, increasing the prize to $40,000, and 41 of the tickets were sold in California, where the prize was worth $8,945 this drawing.

The jackpot for the Wednesday Powerball drawing is reset to $40 million.

Powerball is now played in 43 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Tickets cost $2 each.

A 44th Powerball state will be added some time in the next year, as the state of Wyoming has approved a new state lottery with the intention of joining Powerball and other multi-state lottery games. (See Wyoming officially becomes 44th state with a lottery, Lottery Post, Mar. 14, 2013.)

Powerball lottery results are published within minutes of the drawing at USA Mega (www.usamega.com). The USA Mega Web site provides lottery players in-depth information about the United States's two biggest multi-state lottery games, Mega Millions and Powerball.

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New York's avatar - 103h4yr
United States
Member #117984
October 19, 2011
1769 Posts
Posted: May 19, 2013, 1:20 am - IP Logged

Truly astonishing! Congrats to the lucky winner or winners. They're rich forever!!

    jackpotismine's avatar - kanji for_peace.jpg
    Member #57910
    January 23, 2008
    3516 Posts
    Posted: May 19, 2013, 1:21 am - IP Logged

    Wow! Only one? Congrats to whomever won. Enjoy!

    For those who want to take a look at China's Pick result click here. Results are not shown on this website until about 8:45 p.m. my time.

      New Member
      United States
      Member #142776
      May 18, 2013
      5 Posts
      Posted: May 19, 2013, 1:26 am - IP Logged

      Congrats to my fellow Floridian!!!

        redhot7's avatar - SetforLifeLogo
        United States
        Member #112364
        June 17, 2011
        661 Posts
        Posted: May 19, 2013, 1:26 am - IP Logged

        I would take the annuity. Judging from the payout table, it's good enough for me.

        Year     %       Prize B4 Taxes
        01     1.78%     10,528,674
        02     1.85%     10,949,821
        03     1.93%     11,387,814
        04     2.01%     11,843,326
        05     2.09%     12,317,059
        06     2.17%     12,809,742
        07     2.26%     13,322,132
        08     2.35%     13,855,017
        09     2.44%     14,409,217
        10     2.54%     14,985,586
        11     2.64%     15,585,010
        12     2.74%     16,208,410
        13     2.85%     16,856,746
        14     2.97%     17,531,016
        15     3.09%     18,232,257
        16     3.21%     18,961,547
        17     3.34%     19,720,009
        18     3.47%     20,508,809
        19     3.61%     21,329,162
        20     3.76%     22,182,328
        21     3.91%     23,069,621
        22     4.06%     23,992,406
        23     4.23%     24,952,102
        24     4.39%     25,950,187
        25     4.57%     26,988,194
        26     4.75%     28,067,722
        27     4.94%     29,190,431
        28     5.14%     30,358,048
        29     5.35%     31,572,370
        30     5.56%     32,835,265
             100.00%   590,500,029

          United States
          Member #138777
          February 6, 2013
          25 Posts
          Posted: May 19, 2013, 1:27 am - IP Logged

          Lucky. Mosty likely it's a old head ???? welp lucky them. Mail For You

            CowboysFan's avatar - Cowboys
            Sunny California
            United States
            Member #63790
            August 8, 2008
            220 Posts
            Posted: May 19, 2013, 1:28 am - IP Logged

            So close to a billion dollar jackpot...
            Congrats to the winner(s).

              Piaceri's avatar - sarsony1
              Republic of Texas
              United States
              Member #57557
              January 9, 2008
              1070 Posts
              Posted: May 19, 2013, 1:31 am - IP Logged

              White BouncesinglewinnersinglewinnersinglewinnersinglewinnersinglewinnersinglewinnersinglewinnersinglewinnerWhite Bounce




              PS - Congrats to the winner!



                duckman's avatar - ducklogodrake64x64
                Jacksonville Florida
                United States
                Member #23018
                October 6, 2005
                872 Posts
                Posted: May 19, 2013, 1:37 am - IP Logged

                Probably sold at a Publix in central or south Florida...

                  savagegoose's avatar - ProfilePho
                  adelaide sa
                  Member #37136
                  April 11, 2006
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                  Posted: May 19, 2013, 1:38 am - IP Logged

                  congrats to the 35 2nd prize winners, and double  shout out to the Ca. players on their $2+ mill wins

                  2014 = -1016; 2015= -1409; 2016 JAN S=161, W=55 T=-106

                  keno historic = -2291 ; 2015= -603; 2016= jan=-32,

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                    Member #139961
                    March 7, 2013
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                    Posted: May 19, 2013, 1:40 am - IP Logged

                    I broke even with $4 bucks I matched the PB yay iam going to layoff Big Game Jackpots & play state for a few weeks.

                      helpmewin's avatar - dandy
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                      Member #106665
                      February 22, 2011
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                      Posted: May 19, 2013, 1:42 am - IP Logged

                      Birthday numbers - 1


                        helpmewin's avatar - dandy
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                        February 22, 2011
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                        Posted: May 19, 2013, 1:44 am - IP Logged

                        Congrats to the Winners spend Wisely Party


                          dumars798's avatar - batman17
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                          December 20, 2005
                          5675 Posts
                          Posted: May 19, 2013, 1:47 am - IP Logged

                          BIG CONGRATS TO THE LUCKY TICKET HOLDER!


                                  Smart bets...... Equal Phat Pocket$!



                            redhot7's avatar - SetforLifeLogo
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                            June 17, 2011
                            661 Posts
                            Posted: May 19, 2013, 1:48 am - IP Logged

                            UPDATE: winning ticket was sold at Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills. The store is located 7838 Gall Blvd Zephyrhills,  FL  33541-4302

                            Since it's a supermarket, I bet it's a self service machine.