Dec. 12, 2013 – Wednesday night’s $122.9 million Powerball jackpot was won by two players. Tickets sold in Massachusetts and Nebraska matched the six winning numbers drawn Wednesday night, so the winnings will split down the middle; each winner will be awarded more than $61 million.
The winning numbers drawn Wednesday were 1, 10, 13, 18, 19 and the red Powerball was 27.
Along with the two jackpot winners, nearly 600,000 Powerball players were able to match one of the game’s nine winning number combinations, collectively raking in more than $11.7 million in non-jackpot prizes.
A large chunk of all that prize money will be paid out to seven lucky winners who were able to match the first five numbers drawn Wednesday.
Those second-prize winning tickets were sold in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Maine and New York.
Because California uses a pari-mutuel betting system for lottery games, the second-prize winning ticket there is worth just less than $671,000. The other six winning tickets are worth $1 million before state and federal taxes are withheld.
None of those seven winners chose to add the PowerPlay option to their tickets for an extra $1, which would have doubled their $1 million prizes. At the third prize level however, 10 players chose to spend the extra $1, and it paid off in a big way.
Those 10 winners scored $40,000 third prizes because of the PowerPlay multiplier. Another 46 players were also able to match four white balls and the red Powerball, but because they did not add PowerPlay to their tickets, their third prizes are worth $10,000.
The next Powerball drawing will be held Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. EST. The jackpot will reset to its $40 million starting point for Saturday’s drawing.