Jan 21, 2021, 8:09 am
Updated with retailer that sold winning ticket
By Todd Northrop
One Powerball lottery ticket sold in Maryland won the sixth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history on Wednesday night.
The lucky numbers for the $731.1 million jackpot were 40, 53, 60, 68, and 69, with Powerball number 22. The Power Play multiplier was 3. The top prize was adjusted upwards from the initial estimate of $730 million after all proceeds were counted Wednesday night.
The lump sum payout for the single winning ticket is a jaw-dropping $546.8 million.
The winning ticket was sold at Coney Market in Lonaconing, which is in Allegany County in the Northwest part of the state, bordering Pennsylvania. Coney Market will receive a $100,000 bonus from the Maryland Lottery for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.
Maryland lottery spokeswoman Carole Gentry said Wednesday night's Powerball win is by far the largest prize in the Maryland Lottery's history, easily outdistancing the $218.6 million share of a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot claimed anonymously by The Three Amigos in the March 30, 2012 drawing.
The jackpot winner has the choice to take the $731.1 million paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years or the $546.8 million lump sum payment. The annuity payments increase by 5% each year. All prize amounts are subject to federal and state tax, the results of which can be seen on the Powerball Jackpot Analysis page at USA Mega.
"Congratulations to our winners in the Powerball drawing," said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica in a press release. "This is a truly exciting day for Maryland as we wait to see who will step forward to claim the jackpot!"
Lottery winners in Maryland have the right to remain anonymous to claim the prize. Lottery claiming deadlines (typically 182 days) have been extended during Maryland's COVID-19 state of emergency. Any ticket that reaches its expiration date while the state of emergency remains in effect can still be redeemed for up to 30 days after the date that the state of emergency is lifted.
The Powerball jackpot had grown since September, when a ticket sold in New York won a $94.8 million jackpot. That winning ticket was sold at Minogue's Beverage on Route 9 in Ballston Spa, and was claimed by a Malta man who received a one-time lump sum payment totaling $50,868,332 after required withholdings.
The Jan. 20 drawing was the 36th since that last winner, making this the longest jackpot roll in Powerball history.
The Powerball jackpot resets to its starting point of $20 million for Saturday's drawing.
The odds of hitting Wednesday's grand prize was 1 in about 292 million. But Powerball says 1 in every 24.87 tickets wins a prize, starting at $4.
Lottery players disappointed that they did not win all of that cash still have a prime opportunity to play for one of the biggest lottery jackpots of all time right now. The multi-state Mega Millions jackpot is currently approaching $1 billion, with a lump-sum cash option of $716.3 million.
In the Wednesday Powerball drawing, 13 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 2 from California, 2 from Georgia, 2 from Illinois, 1 from Maine, 1 from Maryland, 1 from Michigan, 3 from New Jersey, and 1 from Oregon.
Only one of the second-prize winners — in the apparently-lucky state of Maryland — purchased the Power Play option for an extra $1 per play, doubling their prize to $2 million.
The two California winners will share the $1,199,278 second prize pool in the state, winning $599,639 each. By law, California awards all prizes on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning the prizes will change each drawing based on the number of tickets sold and the number of tickets that won at each prize level. If nobody wins the money allocated for a prize level, that money is carried over to the next drawing.
Also in the Wednesday drawing, 122 tickets matched four white numbers plus the Powerball and won $50,000. Of those tickets, 18 were purchased with the Power Play option, increasing the prize to $150,000, and 16 of the tickets were sold in California, where the prize was worth $19,188 this drawing.
When a Powerball ticket is purchased with the Power Play option for an extra $1 per ticket, a second-prize win is doubled and any other non-jackpot prize is multplied by the Power Play number drawn that evening.
Power Play is not available in California, because the fixed nature of the prize increase offered in Power Play is not compatible with California's pari-mutuel payouts.
The next Powerball drawing will take place Saturday night at 10:59 pm Eastern Time.
Powerball is played in 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Tickets cost $2 each.
Powerball lottery results are published within minutes of the drawing at USA Mega (www.usamega.com). The USA Mega Web site provides lottery players in-depth information about the United States's two biggest multi-state lottery games, Mega Millions and Powerball.
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