Aug. 8, 2013 – The third highest jackpot in Powerball history fell last night at an estimated $448 million, making three winners – two from New Jersey and one from Minnesota – very, very rich.
After last Saturday’s drawing rolled the jackpot to $400 million, strong ticket sales pushed it still higher by Monday afternoon, when the jackpot was re-estimated at $425 million.
Over the two days that followed, the jackpot gained nearly the same amount to reach $448 million before the three big winners matched their numbers.
Split three ways, the $448 million jackpot will give each winner about $149 million. That may only be enough for 60 billion of Starbucks most expensive drink, but each of the three winners will probably get by with only a third of the jackpot.
The winning numbers drawn last night were 5, 25, 30, 58, 59, and the Powerball was 32.
The two tickets purchased in New Jersey were bought at a Super Stop-n-Shop in South Brunswick and an Acme supermarket in Tuckerton. The winning ticket from Minnesota was bought in Anoka County, Minn., though the name of the retail location where the ticket was sold has not yet been released.
Overall, those six numbers produced an astonishing amount of winners at every prize level. Powerball’s website indicates that a total of 4,051,009 people won any of the game’s prizes last night, collectively raking in non-jackpot prizes totaling $66,895,831.
Nearly 400,000 players decided to add PowerPlay to their tickets for an extra $1, including four lucky winners who turned their $1 million second prizes into $2 million.
Congratulations to everyone who won on last night’s Powerball drawing, and for all those who didn’t – let’s get another run going.