Feb. 12, 2015 — Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing finally found a winner for the prize that captivated players over the past few weeks.
After topping out at an estimated $564.1 million – and becoming the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever – the prize finally fell to winners in Texas, North Carolina and Puerto Rico.
The three jackpot-winning tickets each matched all of Wednesday’s winning numbers: 11, 13, 25, 39, 54 and the Powerball, 19. The Power Play multiplier drawn was 3x, so players who won third or lower prizes with Power Play will receive three times the normal amount.
Each of the big winners will have their choice between the annuity or cash options for their share of the jackpot prize. Split three ways, each annuity prize is worth about $188 million and each cash prize is worth about $127 million, before taxes.
On top of the incredible windfall, Puerto Rico’s jackpot winner has another reason to celebrate: theirs is the first Powerball jackpot win there since the game became available in October.
The jackpot winners certainly weren’t the only people feeling lucky Wednesday night, though. In all there were more than 5.97 million winners made, and the drawing paid out an incredible $74,166,178.
Thirty-four of the nearly 6 million winners became millionaires Wednesday night, including one lucky player from Pennsylvania who won $2 million with Power Play.
The other 33 new millionaires were spread out across 17 states:
New York had four second-prize winners; Texas, Ohio, Missouri and California each had three second-prize winners.
There were two new millionaires made in Washington, North Carolina, Maryland, Florida and Arizona; and Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Louisiana, Kansas and Illinois each had one second-prize winner.
Along with all those second prize winners, another 318 Powerball players missed the jackpot by just a single number, matching four white numbers and the Powerball to win third prizes.
Of those winners, 35 added Power Play to their tickets, which will multiply their prizes to $30,000. The other 283 winners will each receive the normal $10,000 third prizes.
Although national excitement will ebb now that the jackpot reset to its $40 million starting point, that doesn’t mean there’s not a ton of money to be won playing Powerball, just ask the 25 million other players who won prizes Wednesday night.
Be sure to pick up your tickets before it’s too late Saturday, and good luck in the next Powerball drawing.