Powerball Lottery Results
Powerball announced the six winning numbers for a record jackpot of nearly $1.59 million on Wednesday, setting off a scramble among hopeful lottery players across the country to check if they held a lucky ticket.
The winning numbers disclosed live on television and online were 4 8 19 27 34 and the Powerball number 10, with a multipler of 2.
All six numbers must be correct to win, although the first five can be in any order.
The final size of the jackpot was $1.58 billion, the largest lottery prize in history. Earlier in the day, the Multi-State Lottery Association had said the jackpot would be $1.4 billion.
The record jackpot lured an unprecedented frenzy of purchases. If no one matches all the numbers on Wednesday night, the next drawing is expected to soar to 2 billion.
Since Nov. 4, the Powerball jackpot has grown from its $40 million starting point as no one has won the jackpot. Such a huge jackpot was just what officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game, hoped for last fall when they changed the odds of matching all the Powerball numbers, from about one in 175 million to one in 292.2 million. By making it harder to win a jackpot, the tougher odds made the ever-larger prizes inevitable.
The chance of no one hitting all five initial numbers and the Powerball number was growing slimmer, Grief said, anticipating that about 85 percent of all combinations will have been bought.
All week people across the country dreamed about what they’d do with the largest lottery prize in U.S. history vacationing in warm climates, sharing with family members and could still be thinking big in the coming days.