Update: Location where winning ticket was purchased is now identified
By Todd Northrop
A Tennessee Lottery player who purchased a ticket in Antioch has won the first Powerball jackpot since the game was changed in October.
The lucky ticket-holder won a jackpot of $144.1 million in the drawing held Wednesday, November 4. Of course, no information is known about the winner until the prize is claimed.
The Powerball winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were 2, 12, 17, 20, and 65, with Powerball number 17. The Power Play number was 4.
The winning ticket was sold at Hobson Tobacco & Beer, 2216 Hobson Pike in Antioch.
The Tennessee Lottery issued an advisory Thursday morning for the winner to sign the back of the ticket, keep it in a safe place, consult with a financial professional, and call its Nashville headquarters before coming in to claim the prize.
If your ticket contains the winning numbers, and you opt to take the cash in one lump sum, prepare to pocket about $67 million after taxes, according to the multi-state lottery website USA Mega. The site notes that winners can face additional taxes beyond those withheld from the payout, depending on how the winner manages their windfall.
This is the second-largest overall prize and the fourth Powerball jackpot win for the Tennessee Lottery. Other Powerball jackpot wins in Tennessee were:
- $259.8 million won in Knoxville, June 2014
- $50 million won in Knox County, March 2015
- $25.5 million won in South Pittsburgh, TN, March 2005
In October, the Powerball game matrix — the number of lottery balls in each drum during the drawing — changed in order to make the top prize more difficult to win, but easier to win a lower-tier prize. (See Powerball changing in October to generate bigger jackpots, Lottery Post, July 8, 2015.)
The Tennessee lottery players overcame the odds of 1 in 292,201,338 to win the jackpot Wednesday.
The winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize, which means the player must redeem the winning ticket by May 2, 2016.
In addition to the big winner Wednesday night, 1 lucky player from Wyoming matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 second-prize.
The Wyoming ticket was not purchased with the Power Play option. If it had been, the prize would have been automatically doubled to $2 million.
Power Play is available for an extra $1 per play in all states except for California, where the fixed nature of the prize increase offered in Power Play is not compatible with California's pari-mutuel payouts. By law, all lottery payouts in California will change each drawing based on the number of tickets sold and the number of tickets that won at each prize level.
19 tickets matched four white numbers plus the Powerball and won $50,000. Of those tickets, 2 were purchased with the Power Play option, increasing the prize to $200,000, and 2 of the tickets were sold in California, where the prize was worth $17,821 this drawing.
Powerball is now played in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Tickets cost $2 each.