Winning numbers drawn in $758 million Powerball jackpot – New York Daily News
Someone in Massachusetts just became a millionaire.
A single winning ticket for Wednesday’s $758 million Powerball jackpot was sold in the Bay State, according to lottery officials.
The jackpot was the second largest lottery prize in U.S. history — and could be the biggest ever won by a single ticket. The largest jackpot ever won was $1.6 billion and was shared by three people in three states in January 2016.
The winning numbers on Wednesday were: 6, 7, 16, 23, 26 with a Powerball of 4.
No one had won the Powerball since June 10, which is why the jackpot continued to grow to record numbers.
There are a few other numbers that may explain why the jackpot reached such stunning heights.
Jackpots for the countrywide game have repeatedly reached unprecedented levels recently, but the reason behind prizes like Wednesday’s $758 million is less about bad luck than a calculated rule change.
Powerball changed the set of potential numbers in October 2015, increasing the range, previously 1 to 59, to 1 to 69.
That move sliced the already thin odds of taking home the top prize from one in 175 million to one in a staggering 292 million.
The increased difficulty paid off almost immediately for the game, with Powerball mania sweeping the country last January as the jackpot ballooned to a drool-inducing $1.6 billion — the largest ever.
Winners in Florida, Tennessee and California split the pot, which grew in part from casual players joining the frenzy when they would have otherwise spent their $2 on more reliable pursuits.
While the change has led to decreased odds of landing swimming pools full of cash, the rules also decreased the options available for the game’s eponymous Powerball, meaning that players have better odds of winning smaller prizes that come from correctly picking that number and one or two of the other regular balls.
The main winner, however, may be the lotteries and the state programs that benefit from the money they generate.
While it is not clear if the jump was based on Powerball, the United States saw ticket sales climb from $73 billion in 2015 to more than $80 billion in 2016, according to the National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.
With more than $700 million at stake, New Yorkers were purchasing Powerball tickets at a rate of more than $1 million an hour, state Lottery officials announced Wednesday.
Since New York joined the Powerball game in 2010, there have been six jackpot-winning tickets sold in the Empire State. The biggest was a $201.9 million prize won by the “1937 Flatbush Avenue Dodgers Group of Jericho” on June 1, 2011, officials said.
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