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One lottery ticket sold in Pennsylvania wins Saturday's $456.7 million Powerball jackpot

Mar 18, 2018, 10:54 am

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St. Patrick's Day brought the Luck of the Irish to the state of Pennsylvania Saturday night.

A single Powerball lottery ticket sold in Pennsylvania matched all the numbers in the drawing Saturday the win the $456.7 million jackpot. The lucky winner can choose to accept the full jackpot in 30 annually-increasing payments over 29 years, or as a $273.9 million lump-sum cash value.

The winning numbers were 22, 57, 59, 60, and 66, with Powerball number 7. The Power Play number was 2.

There no immediate word of who has the winning ticket or where in Pennsylvania it was sold.

There were other tickets that scored big payouts too. A ticket sold in Texas matching five numbers but not the Powerball won $2 million after a player or players opted to chip in an extra dollar for the Power Play option. Two tickets sold in California and Missouri also matched five numbers; the Missouri ticket is worth $1 million, while the California winner will take home a $1,211,614 prize. (California is the only state to have a pari-mutuel prize structure for Powerball and Mega Millions.)

The jackpot was the eighth largest in the game's history, and overall the 11th-largest US lottery jackpot of all time, growing after 19 rolls since a woman in New Hampshire claimed a $560 million jackpot in a Jan. 6 drawing. She fought and won a legal battle to remain anonymous, a judge ruled March 12.

If the winner or winners in Pennsylvania wants to keep their identity secret, they would likely face a similar legal hurdle. The Pennsylvania Lottery requires winners to be named to ensure the system operates with "integrity and transparency."

But past winners have argued the raised profile makes them targets.

Judge Charles Temple, who ruled in favor of the New Hampshire woman, concluded that revealing her name would be an invasion of privacy, in part because lottery winners in general are subject to "repeated solicitation, harassment, and even violence," he wrote.

He cited how a past lottery winner received a bomb threat, how another had received non-stop phone calls and how several others had received requests from strangers who wanted handouts.

Less than three years ago, an individual's chances of becoming an instant millionaire were 1 in roughly 175 million after starting with a $2 ticket. Now, the odds are 1 in roughly 292 million.

Tweaks to the game in October 2015 increased the number of total balls, from 59 to 69, from which players need to pick five. It may seem like a modest change, but the odds of winning the jackpot plummeted even though the number of Powerball numbers declined from 35 to 26.

The effect of decreasing the number of Powerballs was a rise in winners that just match that number, with a payout of $4. Even matching two numbers and the Powerball will net you just $7.

So now it's even harder to strike it rich with Powerball, leading to fewer chances of big payouts, which in turn results in ballooning jackpots. When a drawing is held and there's no winning ticket, the prize pool rolls over — and expands, drawing even more players.

In turn, the jackpots become bigger and bigger, making winnings of half a billion dollars — like this one — almost feel routine.

But that won't stop the next round of jackpot chasers. The winning sum has reset to $40 million, with the next drawing Wednesday night.

As for the other big jackpot game, Mega Millions, no winning tickets were sold on Friday. The next drawing is Tuesday for an estimated $377 million.

Powerball is offered in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

The drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time (7:59 p.m. Pacific) on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Because there was a winner Saturday, the jackpot resets at $40 million for the next drawing on Wednesday.

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Posted: March 18, 2018, 11:08 am - IP Logged

Was it DPoly1 ? Mad

Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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    Posted: March 18, 2018, 11:09 am - IP Logged

    Pennsylvania WINS!

    Woo Hoo!

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    dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -

     

    Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

      dpoly1's avatar - driver
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      Posted: March 18, 2018, 11:10 am - IP Logged

      Was it DPoly1 ? Mad

      I didn't check yet!

      Don't you like me?

      dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -

       

      Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

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        Posted: March 18, 2018, 11:10 am - IP Logged

        Maybe dpoly1  from PA is the big winner??  I'll call the Bentley dealership and let them know to be on the lookout!!

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          Posted: March 18, 2018, 11:13 am - IP Logged

          Maybe dpoly1  from PA is the big winner??  I'll call the Bentley dealership and let them know to be on the lookout!!

          LOL!

          They are actually very nice folks.

          They let me Browse even though it's obvious that I am just looking!

          The little store where I shop sells a large volume of tickets. 25th in the State!

          dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -

           

          Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

            BuyLow's avatar - fd725949c52faf3bef0a9e377747408d -iphone-wallpaper-palm-trees.jpg
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            Posted: March 18, 2018, 11:16 am - IP Logged

            LOL!

            They are actually very nice folks.

            They let me Browse even though it's obvious that I am just looking!

            The little store where I shop sells a large volume of tickets. 25th in the State!

            I remember a pic you posted from their IIRC.

              music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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              Posted: March 18, 2018, 1:51 pm - IP Logged

              Congratulations to the winner/s. 

               We get another chance of winning big with Mega Millions. 

               Good Luck!Lep

               "We are all in this together!" 

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                Posted: March 18, 2018, 2:04 pm - IP Logged

                With a population of under 13 million- this should put the ongoing rumor to the sword that the lottery is rigged.

                 * Voice of Reason *   

                 

                People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                  White Shores- California
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                  Posted: March 18, 2018, 2:28 pm - IP Logged

                  I didn't check yet!

                  Don't you like me?

                  l didn't  check yet!  No Nod...Right.

                  Is the sky blue?

                   * Voice of Reason *   

                   

                  People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

                    BuyLow's avatar - fd725949c52faf3bef0a9e377747408d -iphone-wallpaper-palm-trees.jpg
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                    Posted: March 18, 2018, 4:04 pm - IP Logged

                    l didn't  check yet!  No Nod...Right.

                    Is the sky blue?

                    No it's B.lue S.ky

                    LOL, hopefully Dpoly is deciding between which hide colors and options will adorn the new Bentley and where the yacht will be docked.

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                      Posted: March 18, 2018, 4:23 pm - IP Logged

                      With a population of under 13 million- this should put the ongoing rumor to the sword that the lottery is rigged.

                      lol my parents still sayin' when its this high cassie,it has to be a rigged, because why only "1"sole person who doesn't need this kind of loot and should be 100x more, per state, you're able to have i.e., 10 to 20 winners and still the IRS makes out in the end fine! LOL dad's word there lol

                       

                      But Congrats tothe winner, the win sole winner ...Smiley

                      Won over 13G's!( Spring 2020 ) + total (2019) 22,000! Time 2 break the bank, baby! $ $ $ Banana

                       

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                        Posted: March 18, 2018, 5:49 pm - IP Logged

                        Congrats to the lucky winner!

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                          Posted: March 18, 2018, 5:56 pm - IP Logged

                          It only took 20 rollovers -- approx 2 .5 months, to reach this jackpot. 

                          So, Memorial Day weekend, here we come!   Thumbs Up

                           

                          PS: Is the winner Irish? Lep

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                            Simpsonville
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                            Posted: March 18, 2018, 9:18 pm - IP Logged

                            It only took 20 rollovers -- approx 2 .5 months, to reach this jackpot. 

                            So, Memorial Day weekend, here we come!   Thumbs Up

                             

                            PS: Is the winner Irish? Lep

                            Who wanted it to roll to 1/2 billion dollars?  I know I did; keeps Todd busy with his calculations on top 25 lottery lists.