Huge Powerball jackpot goes to a single winner
$2 million won near Harrisburg, $1 million in Philadelphia.
A single ticket sold in South Carolina is the winner of Powerball's latest jackpot, its fourth biggest ever.
The ticket, reportedly purchased at a Murphy USA gas station in the small town of Lexington, S.C., is the only one that matched all of the Powerball numbers drawn Wednesday night. They were:
7, 10, 22, 32 and 35, with a Powerball of 19.
The Powerball jackpot wound up with an annuity value of $399.4 million, a little shy of $400 million estimated after no one won the top prize Saturday night. The cash value is about $230 million.
Twelve tickets, including two sold in Pennsylvania and another in New Jersey, came very close, missing only the Powerball.
Two sold in Florida and one sold in Central Pennsylvania won $2 million each for matching the first five numbers while having the Powerplay multiplier option. The Pennsylvania ticket was sold at the Wegmans Food Market at 6416 Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg, near Harrisburg.
A ticket sold in Center City Philadelphia was one of seven $1 million winners that matched the first five numbers. It was purchased at Loges Newsstand, 101 S. 18th St. New York and Georgia each sold two $1 million winners, while New Jersey and South Carolina each sold one. Two California tickets also matched the first five, winning $873,083 each under that state's pari-mutuel system.
The New Jersey ticket was sold by Convenience Express, 8401 River Rd., in North Bergen, Hudson County.
The Powerball jackpot starts over at $40 million for Saturday's drawing.
That makes tonight's Mega Millions jackpot the biggest around. It's worth $145 million for the annuity, $98 million for the cash. Tickets sold in Bucks and Chester County won $250,000 each in Tuesday's drawing.
The biggest Powerball jackpot ever, with an annuity value of $590.5 million, was won in May by a Florida woman.
The biggest U.S. jackpot ever was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot won in March 2012.
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