Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Powerball won in Florida, Mega Millions won in N.J., Va.

LOTTERY UPDATE: One ticket sold in Florida has won the Powerball jackpot, with a final annuity value of $590.5 million, short of the advertised estimate of $600 million. It failed to break the all-time record of $656 million set in March 2012 by Mega Millions. It did set a record, however, for the biggest jackpot with a single winner. The numbers drawn Saturday night were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11. Pennsylvania had two $1 million winners, and New Jersey had at least one as well.

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A Mega Millions jackpot advertised at $190 million has been won by two tickets, one sold in New Jersey, the other in Virginia.

They matched all the numbers drawn Friday night: 11, 15, 35, 43 and 49, with a Mega Ball of 41.

Winners usually take the cash payout, which in this case would be $70 million each. Before taxes, of course.

Seventeen tickets missed only the Mega Ball. The two sold in Pennsylvania are worth $250,000 each, according to the Pennsylvania Lottery's website. Jersey sold three, worth at least $250,000. The prize jumps to $1 million if the player also bought the Megaplier prize-boosting option. New York and Michigan also sold three each, while Maryland, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Texas and Washington each sold one.

The Mega Millions jackpot reboots to $12 million for Tuesday's drawing, which could prove a boon to rival Powerball's quest to set the U.S. lottery jackpot record.

Powerball has top prizes of $600 million for the annuity -- an all-time Powerball record -- and  $376.9 million for the cash.

The jackpot has been boosted twice since Wednesday's drawing, from $475 million to $550 million on Thursday, then to its current $600 million on Friday.

So strong sales Saturday could mean another hike, threatening the biggest jackpot ever. That was $656 million annuity in the March 30, 2012, Mega Millions drawing. The three winners, who bought their tickets in in Maryland, Illinois and Kansas, split the $471 million cash payout.

See "Largest jackpots in U.S. lottery history."

New Jersey already hit two major jackpots this year. In March, Pedro Quezada of Passiac won a Powerball jackpot with a $338 million annuity. In January, Angel Guallpa-Mayancela of Orange won a Mega Millions jackpot advertised as worth $89 million.

Illinois hit a $50 million jackpot this March, as well as part of that record Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012.

For more, see the Mega Millions and Powerball websites.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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