The Powerball jackpot rose to a whopping $350 million last night, when no one matched all the numbers drawn: 6, 13, 19, 23 and 43, with a Powerball of 16.
That's the third biggest Powerball prize ever, the seventh biggest annuity prize in U.S. history, and the sixth largest cash payout -- $222.8 million -- of all-time.
Thirteen millionaires were minted, though, in nine states: two each in Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina and Michigan, one apiece in Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Louisiana and Arizona. Those tickets won $1 million each for matching the first five numbers but not the Powerball.
California also sold three such tickets but they won $573,694 apiece under that state's pari-mutuel system.
No tickets won $2 million, the prize for matching five while having the Power Play prize-boosting option.
Powerball's next drawing is Wednesday night.
The biggest lottery prize ever was the $656 million annuity for March 30, 2012, Mega Millions drawing. Three winning tickets, sold in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas, split the cash payout of $471 million.
Powerball set its record Nov. 28 last year, when it reached $587.5 million, with $384.7 million cash. Two tickets, sold in Missouri and Arizona, split the cash.
For more, go to www.powerball.com.
Big Mega Millions jackpot, too. The current jackpot isn't too shabby either. On Friday night, when no one hit all the numbers -- 1, 19, 20, 39 and 49, with a Mega Ball of 28 -- the jackpot rose to $170 million for the annuity, $126 million for the cash. The next drawing is Tuesday. More: www.megamillions.com.
The chances of winning either game is very small -- 1 in about 175 million with a single ticket.
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