1 Powerball ticket wins $213.4 million, as Del. , N.J. tickets just miss
One ticket won Powerball’s $213.4 million jackpot on Wednesday night.
The ticket was purchased at Fast N Easy, 6451 E. Shields Ave., in Fresno, Calif.
New Jersey and Delaware sold two of the eight tickets tickets that won $1 million for matching the first five numbers -- 3 , 23, 31, 34 and 47 – but not the Powerball, 13. New York and Texas each had two $1 million winners, while Massachusetts and Florida sold one apiece.
The Delaware ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven on Foulk Road in Wilmington. The New Jersey ticket was bought at Kwik Farms, 590 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls, Monmouth County.
Saturday’s jackpot will be worth $40 million for the annuity, $23 million for the cash.
The rollover could be good news for the Mega Millions lottery, which revamped itself in hopes of having bigger jackpots that would spur bigger sales.
Now, Mega Millions has the bigger jackpot -- $65 million for the annuity, $36 million for the cash – while tickets still just cost $1, compared to $2 for Powerball.
Tuesday’s numbers were 2, 3, 19, 52 and 71, with a Mega Ball of 14. (Players now choose regular numbers from 1 to 75, and Mega Balls from 1 to 15.) The next drawing is Friday night.
One not-so-welcome change was to make jackpots harder to win – about 1 chance in 259 million with a single ticket. That’s better per dollar but worse per ticket than Powerball’s 1 in 175 million.
Second prizes were also boosted, to $1 million for matching all but the Mega Ball (equal to Powerball) and up to $5 million for matching the first five while having the Megaplier multiplier option, and having the Megaplier come up as 5.
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