One ticket has win­ning num­bers in $421 mil­lion Powerball lot­tery

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A lot­tery ticket sold in Ten­nessee had the win­ning num­bers for a $421 mil­lion Powerball jack­pot, one of the big­gest on record, of­fi­cials said af­ter Satur­day’s draw. The win­ning num­bers se­lected were 17, 19, 21, 37, 44, with the Powerball 16. No one as yet had stepped for­ward to claim the prize, which grew in size since Sept. 17, the last time any­one matched all six num­bers. The jack­pot soared from $403 mil­lion to a re­ported $420.9 mil­lion on Satur­day due to a spate of late tick­et­buy­ing. The prize is paid out over 30 years, with the op­tion of a lump sum pay­ment, which of­fi­cials said would add up to about $254.7 mil­lion.

The odds of win­ning the Powerball jack­pot are 1 in 292 mil­lion. The largest ever US lot­tery prize of $1.6 bil­lion was split be­tween three win­ning tick­ets in Jan­uary. Powerball, one of sev­eral games run by the Multi-State Lot­tery As­so­ci­a­tion, a non-profit owned and op­er­ated by mem­ber states’ lot­ter­ies, is played in 44 states, the Dis­trict of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Vir­gin Is­lands. Play­ers can ei­ther buy $2 tick­ets us­ing their own num­bers or have them ran­domly gen­er­ated by a com­puter. The Mega Mil­lions lot­tery, also of­fered by the as­so­ci­a­tion, pro­duced the coun­try’s sec­ond-largest-ever prize, worth $656 mil­lion, in a 2012 draw­ing. For ev­ery $1 worth of Powerball sales, half goes to prizes, 40 per­cent to state gov­ern­ments for causes such as ed­u­ca­tion, and 10 per­cent to re­tail­ers who sell the tick­ets and other ad­min­is­tra­tive costs. — Reuters

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