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Player in Tennessee wins first Powerball jackpot since game changed in Oct.

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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.

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Posted: November 5, 2015, 8:35 am - IP Logged

Yeah, so much for Powerball being too hard to win now.

It's still way too easy to win.  Why won't they consider my matrix plus computerized draws to save the game from going bankrupt?

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    Posted: November 5, 2015, 8:57 am - IP Logged

    HA- HA,

    They tried to make it harder and it blew up in their face.

    Now they're chasing MM from way behind.  LMAO !

     

    Glad to hear the winner was from TN, a state that has all RNG games except for PB and MM

    Probably not  RidgeRunner as he was from Appalachia.

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      Posted: November 5, 2015, 9:03 am - IP Logged

      HA- HA,

      They tried to make it harder and it blew up in their face.

      Now they're chasing MM from way behind.  LMAO !

       

      Glad to hear the winner was from TN, a state that has all RNG games except for PB and MM

      Probably not  RidgeRunner as he was from Appalachia.

      Keep it a 5 + 1 game but make it computerized draws with a matrix of 9,999,999,999 white balls and 9,999,999 red balls.

      I doubt that would be won very frequently at all!

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        Posted: November 5, 2015, 9:08 am - IP Logged

        Keep it a 5 + 1 game but make it computerized draws with a matrix of 9,999,999,999 white balls and 9,999,999 red balls.

        I doubt that would be won very frequently at all!

        I doubt that would be played very frequently if at all,

        I won't even play the current  version.

        Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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          Posted: November 5, 2015, 9:42 am - IP Logged
          • $259.8 million won in Knoxville, June 2014
          • $50 million won in Knox County, March 2015
          • And now $144.1 millions in November 2015

          No one ever mentions Tennessee as a winner of PowerBall jackpots like California and New York but that's three jackpots in the last year and a half. Wink

           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
             
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            Posted: November 5, 2015, 10:14 am - IP Logged

            Jester Laugh

            So much for giant jackpots LOL

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              Posted: November 5, 2015, 10:24 am - IP Logged

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                Posted: November 5, 2015, 10:50 am - IP Logged

                Surprise !!!  Surprise !!!    TENNESSEE, the state people claim is hard to win in,    finally won  something BIG !!!

                 

                The Impossible Can happen !!!

                 

                Congratulations Tennessee !!!

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                  Posted: November 5, 2015, 10:58 am - IP Logged

                  Ridgerunners marriage to the Dragon Lady is paying off big time.

                  "Everything works  ONCE!"

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                    Posted: November 5, 2015, 11:04 am - IP Logged
                    • $259.8 million won in Knoxville, June 2014
                    • $50 million won in Knox County, March 2015
                    • And now $144.1 millions in November 2015

                    No one ever mentions Tennessee as a winner of PowerBall jackpots like California and New York but that's three jackpots in the last year and a half. Wink

                    Poke

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                      Posted: November 5, 2015, 11:09 am - IP Logged

                      The nineth drawing after the matrix change and BANG Jackpot WON! Cheers

                      A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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                        Posted: November 5, 2015, 11:29 am - IP Logged
                        • $259.8 million won in Knoxville, June 2014
                        • $50 million won in Knox County, March 2015
                        • And now $144.1 millions in November 2015

                        No one ever mentions Tennessee as a winner of PowerBall jackpots like California and New York but that's three jackpots in the last year and a half. Wink

                        Looks like Dragon Lady sold out to the devil.

                        CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

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                          Posted: November 5, 2015, 11:31 am - IP Logged

                           Now let us see how high Mega Millions can reach. 

                           Power Ball starts again at $40,000,000.00 which is a decent jackpot. 

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                            Posted: November 5, 2015, 11:55 am - IP Logged

                            antioch tn

                            The most expensive home on the market in Antioch, TN is this 4bd 6bth, 3586sq ft ranch. It has 11 acres and was built in 1998. Price: $565,000. Definetley affordable.

                            Congratulations Powerball Winner!! Enjoy your retirement!!!