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Dozens of lottery players across the USA hit it big in Powerball

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By Kate Northrop

In an unusual Powerball drawing Saturday, dozens of players won huge prizes, including a New Jersey player who won the $23.2 million jackpot.

Anyone who thought the Powerball excitement would end after one player from Maryland won a massive $731.1 million Powerball jackpot Wednesday was in for a surprise the very next drawing.

Just three days later on Sat., Jan. 23, the $23.2 million Powerball jackpot was scooped up by a lone player from New Jersey, with another 43 tickets winning the second prize of $1 million or more. (Except for seven California winners, who we'll get to in a moment.)

New Jersey winners have had the option to remain anonymous for about a year now, and although the $23.2 million prize might seem like pennies compared to the historic $731.1 million jackpot, it is still nothing to sneeze at. In other words, it is very likely that we won't be getting to know the winner anytime soon.

"Congratulations to the winner of this multi-million-dollar jackpot!" New Jersey Lottery Executive Director James Carey said in a press release on Sunday. "We encourage the winner to sign the back of the ticket, make a copy of both sides and put it in a safe place. We recommend contacting a financial advisor and an attorney before reaching out to Lottery officials at 1-800-222-0996 to arrange to file a claim for this jackpot prize."

The lucky winner from New Jersey matched all five numbers 5, 8, 17, 27, and 28 plus the Powerball 14 to take home the top prize. The Power Play number was 3.

Yesterday, the New Jersey Lottery held a press conference at the Quick Mart on Lakeview Avenue in Clifton to congratulate the store's owner for selling the winning ticket. Carey presented the retailer with a ceremonial check for a $30,000 bonus commission.

While the winner has yet to step forward, they will have the option of either claiming their prize as an estimated annuity of $23.2 million paid out in 30 graduated payments over 29 years or taking home a lump sum payment of $17.4 million before taxes.

According to a press release published by MUSL on Sunday, 35 tickets matched all five white balls but missed matching the red Powerball to win a $1 million prize. Additionally, eight other tickets matched all five white balls and doubled the prize to $2 million because the tickets included the Power Play option for an additional $1. That's 43 second-tier prize winners, a relatively high number for such a low jackpot.

The lucky 43 tickets were sold in the following states: 2 from Arizona, 7 from California, 6 from Florida (2 with Power Play), 1 from Georgia (with Power Play), 2 from Illinois (1 with Power Play), 1 from Massachusetts, 1 from Missouri, 1 from Montana, 1 from New Hampshire (with Power Play), 2 from New Jersey (1 with Power Play), 1 from New Mexico, 12 from New York (1 with Power Play), 1 from North Carolina, 1 from North Dakota, 1 from Puerto Rico (with Power Play), 1 from Texas, 1 from Washington, and 1 from Wisconsin.

The seven second-prize winners from California that were alluded to earlier unfortunately are not able to celebrate their wins to the same degree as all the other winners. That's because by law California awards all lottery prizes according to a pari-mutuel formula, calculating the amount of sales and the number of winners at each prize level.

In the case of Saturday's Powerball drawing, California in-state sales for the drawing created a second prize pool of $236,789, so after splitting that seven ways, each player will receive $33,827 before federal taxes are withheld.

To put into perspective how unusual Saturday's drawing was, the total amount of non-jackpot prizes awarded was $55,674,416 — $8.3 million more than the previous drawing that had the $731.1 million jackpot.

Some might be wondering why there were so many players who matched five numbers in the drawing when the jackpot was so low to begin with. The answer, according to New Jersey Lottery Communications Manager Missy Gillespie, might have something to do with the previously large jackpot that drove players across the nation into a ticket-buying frenzy.

"We're guessing that people purchased some type of subscription when the jackpots were really high, and so they just purchased further out not knowing when the jackpot would be hit," Gillespie told Lottery Post.

Gillespie also noted that the numbers resembled dates, such as birthdays and anniversaries, which is another possible reason why there were more second-tier prize winners than expected for this drawing.

Finally, Gillespie echoed Carey's advice from earlier and emphasized the importance of protecting one's tickets and seeking out professionals who can provide financial guidance in the event you hit it big.

"We want to make sure that people sign the back of their tickets, that they take a photo of the front and back of the ticket, and we recommend that they contact a financial advisor and/or an attorney for advice, and then call and make an appointment," Gillespie suggested.

The Powerball jackpot resets to its starting point of $20 million for Wednesday's drawing at 10:59 pm Eastern Time.

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Sometimes in California second place pays higher, but when it doesn't it really is just plain awful.   You'd think the most populous state that no doubt has tons of players would allow Powerplay/Megaplier and be done with pari-mutuel once and for all.

 

This was the case with 'pocket change' payout, but something is better than nothing.

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    More surprising was no 2nd prize winners from CA  in the Friday Billion dollar MM drawing. 

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      Yea those were definitely ages n birthdays for that many winners

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        Just imagine, if you lived in California and bought a ticket in a state next door, you win $1M.  Now you get $33k before taxes.  That's pretty deflating.

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          I won a few dollars. All were my own numbers. I had all 5 numbers on different rows. Each row I had 3 numbers. So I won $21 for each row. Didn't get the Powerball number though.

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            More surprising was no 2nd prize winners from CA  in the Friday Billion dollar MM drawing. 

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              Congratulations to all the new millionaires.

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                I'm willing to bet it was probably numbers found in Fortune cookies. There was a situation that happened years ago where there were a high number of million dollar winners with numbers played from  fortune cookies across the nation.

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                  Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021     40-53-60-68-69 PB: 22      POWER PLAY: 3

                  Numbers MatchedNumber of MO Prizes$$ Won in MONumber of
                  MO Power
                  Play Prizes
                  Power Play $$ Won in MO
                  5 White balls & Powerball0Jackpot--
                  5 White balls0$1,000,0000$2,000,000
                  4 White balls & Powerball2$50,000Banana0$150,000
                  4 White balls60$1007$300
                  3 White balls & Powerball138$1008$300
                  3 White balls3,091$7202$21
                  2 White balls & Powerball2,396$7150$21
                  1 White ball & Powerball19,351$41,288$12
                  0 White balls & Powerball47,295$43,363$12
                  Total MO Winners (without Power Play):72,333Total Won:$424,793
                  Total MO Winners (with Power Play):5,018Total Won:$67,704
                  Grand Total MO Winners:77,351Grand Total Won:$492,497
                  Location(s) of Jackpot Winner(s):          MD

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                    I'm willing to bet it was probably numbers found in Fortune cookies. There was a situation that happened years ago where there were a high number of million dollar winners with numbers played from  fortune cookies across the nation.

                    Also my immediate thought upon seeing all the winners on state webpage Sunday morning.

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                      I am still trying to figure out why the current Powerball game is better than the current Mega Millions.  Even though I didn't have a ticket for the draw I did get excited by all the Powerball winners.

                      The Billion dollar Mega Millions Jackpot was borrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnggggggggg because there were so few other winners.  It is hard for me to like a game that nobody wins.  On the plus side at least I  am not buying Mega Millions anymore on its current iteration.

                      If you figure that 200,000,000 people in the U.S. are of legal age to buy tickets and figure that for Big Jackpots maybe 75% actually buy tickets then there are 150,000,000 people buying tickets for a game with odds of about 300,000,000 to 1!

                      Powerball has slightly better odds but usually has so many more winners....things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmm.....

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                        I am still trying to figure out why the current Powerball game is better than the current Mega Millions.  Even though I didn't have a ticket for the draw I did get excited by all the Powerball winners.

                        The Billion dollar Mega Millions Jackpot was borrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnggggggggg because there were so few other winners.  It is hard for me to like a game that nobody wins.  On the plus side at least I  am not buying Mega Millions anymore on its current iteration.

                        If you figure that 200,000,000 people in the U.S. are of legal age to buy tickets and figure that for Big Jackpots maybe 75% actually buy tickets then there are 150,000,000 people buying tickets for a game with odds of about 300,000,000 to 1!

                        Powerball has slightly better odds but usually has so many more winners....things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmm.....

                        With a handle like " Think" l thought you would have figured it out by now.Cool

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                          "I'm willing to bet it was probably numbers found in Fortune cookies."

                          If about 28% of tickets were played using only the numbers from 1 to 31 then 43 2nd place winners is pretty close to what probability suggests. We've repeatedly  heard that 70 to 80% of tickets are QP and 20 to 30% are self picks, but what are the chances that 30% of the tickets for the drawing were self pick and 93% of the people who chose their own numbers stuck to calendar numbers?

                          I'm thinking that another fortune cookie incident is a likely explanation. This drawing sold more tickets than the fortune cookie PB in 2005, but it's easily possible that there weren't as many of that particular fortune out there.

                          I don't think there are enough winners for MUSL to immediately think something's wrong, but they have to be aware that it's statistically very unlikely. Maybe we'll here some official word about it after they start talking to winners.

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                            With a handle like " Think" l thought you would have figured it out by now.Cool

                            I guess it is too hard for you to look at peoples profiles????Cool