Powerball soars, area ticket wins $1M
Powerball is on quite a roll. No wonder, Mega Millions is instituting drastic changes, starting Tuesday night.
Powerball's annuity jackpot rose to $216 million last night when no ticket matched all the numbers drawn: 9, 33, 54, 56 and 57, with a Powerball of 5.
The previous two jackpots reached $399.4 and $448.4 million -- giving the last three jackpot runs a total well over $1 billion.
And that's just since the last week of June.
Six tickets, including two in Pennsylvania, missed only the Powerball last night. They won $1 million each, except for the California ticket, which won $541,955 under that state's pari-mutuel system. The others were purchased in Illinois, Florida and Missouri.
The Pennsylvania tickets were sold in Chester County at the Acme Market at 2176 Baltimore Pike in Oxford, and in Luzerne County at Nelly Travel Plaza, 3765 Nuangola Rd., Nuangola.
The next Powerball drawing is Wednesday night.
Mega Millions rises, too. The jackpot rose to $55 million on Friday night, when nobody matched all the numbers drawn: 5, 20, 45, 48 and 56, with a Mega Ball of 1.
An Illinois ticket won $1 million for matching the first five while having the Megaplier multiplier option.
A Pennsylvania ticket was one of five to win $250,000 for matching the first five numbers. It was sold at Thompson’s Pharmacy, 2329 Broad Ave., in Altoona. The others were sold in Tennessee, Louisiana and Iowa.
Big changes almost here Mega Millions. After Tuesday night's drawing, the game will have some major modifications. The jackpot will be about 50 percent harder to win, but the second-tier prizes will be sweetened to add the possibility of a $5 million prize. Also, the number of small prizes will increase because the Mega Ball itself will get easier to hit. Tickets will remain $1, compared to $2 for Powerball.
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