Area Powerball ticket scores $1 million as jackpot soars
A coincidence defies the odds.
History repeats itself?
In early August, the Powerball jackpot rolled over to $400 million, and a ticket worth $1 million was sold in Langhorne, Bucks County.
Saturday, the Powerball jackpot rolled over to $400 million, and a ticket worth $1 million was sold in Langhorne, Bucks County.
That's about as far as the coincidence goes, however -- unless you count how a third $400 million jackpot produced another area $1 million winner in September, though that one was in Philadelphia.
The new $1 million winner was sold at the Giant Food Store, 3 Doublewoods Rd., the August ticket at a Langhorne 7-Eleven.
Not one number was the same on both winning tickets.
The new ticket matched the first five numbers drawn Saturday night -- 2, 9, 14, 21 and 23 -- but not the Powerball of 3.
The $400 million annuity is the game's fourth biggest ever, and the cash payout, $227.78 million, is also No. 4 for Powerball.
Booming sales could drive the jackpot higher before Wednesday's drawing, but August's top prize wound up shy of its original estimate, finishing at $399.4 million.
Powerball has never had a jackpot this big roll over, so if no one hits, the game might challenge its all-time record, $590.5 million, set last May. That jackpot skyrocketed after a $350 million top prize failed to be hit.
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