We have a winner!
A player in California won the Powerball jackpot for the second time this year on Wednesday night, earning $1.76 billion, the second-largest prize in the game’s history.
Powerball has been drawn 35 times since its last win in July, when a winner in California matched all five numbers plus the Powerball to secure the jackpot. The last big jackpot was also won in California, when a winning lottery ticket in Los Angeles won $1.08 billion.
The jackpot has now been reset to a much smaller $20 million ahead of Saturday’s next drawing.
Here’s what you need to know about winning Powerball tickets.
Powerball Jackpot:Winning lottery ticket sold in California, worth $1.76 billion
Where are winning Powerball tickets sold?
According to the California Lottery, the $1.765 Powerball ticket was sold at the Midway Market & Liquor in Fraser Park, Calif., an unincorporated community within the Los Padres National Forest between Bakersfield and between Los Angeles.
The identity of the winner has not been disclosed.
What are the winning Powerball numbers?
The winning numbers for Wednesday night’s drawing were 24, 52, 40, 22 and 64. Powerball is 10 and Power Bet is 2X.
In addition to the jackpot winner, there are $2 million Match 5 + Power Play winners in Arizona and Pennsylvania. The following states have $1 million Game 5 winners:
- New York
The winning ticket numbers are sponsored by Jackpocket, the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network.
How to play Powerball
Powerball costs $2 per bet.
To play the game, choose five numbers from 1 to 69 for the white ball, then choose a number from 1 to 26 for the red power ball.
You can choose your lucky numbers on your bet slip or have your numbers randomly picked by the lottery terminal.
To win, match one of nine ways:
- 5 white balls + 1 red power ball = jackpot.
- 5 white balls = $1 million.
- 4 white balls + 1 red Powerball = $50,000.
- 4 white balls = $100.
- 3 White Balls + 1 Red Powerball = $100.
- 3 white balls = $7.
- 2 White Balls + 1 Red Powerball = $7.
- 1 White Ball + 1 Red Powerball = $4.
- 1 red Powerball = $4.
With Power Play, you have the opportunity to multiply your winnings by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times for just an additional $1 per play. When the jackpot is $150 million or less, players can double their non-jackpot winnings up to 10x.
All prizes, except the Grand Prize, are cash amounts. In California, prize amounts depend on sales and number of winners.
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What are the odds of winning Powerball?
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338. The odds for the lowest prize ($4 for a red Powerball) are 1 in 38.32.
According to Powerball, the overall odds of winning are 1 in 24.87, based on a $2 bet, rounded to two decimal places.
Where can I buy lottery tickets?
Tickets can be purchased in person at gas stations, convenience stores and grocery stores. Some airport terminals may also sell lottery tickets.
You can also order lottery tickets online through Jackpocket, the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network, in the following U.S. states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
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