February 28, 2021

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Mystery Maryland resident wins $730 MILLION Powerball jackpot – the fifth largest in U.S. history


Mystery Maryland resident wins $730 MILLION Powerball jackpot – the fifth largest in U.S. history

  • Winning numbers for the Powerball were: 40-53-60-68-69 and a Powerball of 22
  • The Powerball jackpot was the fifth-largest U.S. lottery jackpot ever won
  • It came only a day after nobody won the even-larger $970m Mega Millions prize
  • No one won either of the jackpots since September, allowing the prizes to grow

A mystery Maryland resident has won $730 million Powerball jackpot, the fifth largest in U.S. history and the first to get the top prize in months. 

Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players had another shot at a giant jackpot Wednesday night that earlier had been estimated at $730 million, but it grew even further based on final ticket sales to around $731.1.

The winning ticket for Wednesday’s jackpot was sold in Allegany County, located in northwestern Maryland, but additional details weren’t immediately available, the Maryland Lottery said in a statement.

‘A single ticket sold in Maryland matched all six numbers in the Wednesday night Powerball drawing to win the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history,’ according to a Thursday press release from Powerball.

A billboard in downtown St. Louis reminds those that play Powerball and Mega Millions on January 18. A winner has finally been found, with someone in Maryland receiving $730 million

A billboard in downtown St. Louis reminds those that play Powerball and Mega Millions on January 18. A winner has finally been found, with someone in Maryland receiving $730 million

The Powerball jackpot came only a day after nobody won the even-larger Mega Millions prize, which now stands at $970 million.

Winning numbers for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing were: 40-53-60-68-69 and a Powerball of 22.

Following the win, the new jackpot drops to an estimated $20 million for the next drawing Saturday. 

It was the first time both lottery jackpots topped $700 million. The biggest prize was a $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot won by three people in 2016.

No one had won either of the jackpots since mid-September, allowing the prizes to grow steadily for months. 

Such a long stretch without a winner is rare but also reflects the incredibly small odds of winning – 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball and 1 in 302.5 million for Mega Millions.

The prizes listed are for winners who choose an annuity option, paid over 30 years. Most winners opt for cash prizes, which for Mega Millions would be $716.3 million and $546.8 million for Wednesday’s Powerball. 

‘The lucky ticket holder will have the choice between an estimated annuity of $731.1 million, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump sum payment of $546.8 million. Both prize options are before taxes,’ the news release said. 

Winning numbers for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing were: 40-53-60-68-69 and a Powerball of 22

Winning numbers for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing were: 40-53-60-68-69 and a Powerball of 22

Along with the winner of the grand prize, 13 other players matched all five white numbers that were drawn, each winning $1 million.

Those tickets were sold in California, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and Oregon, with two sold in California, two in Georgia, two in Illinois and three in New Jersey.

After the Powerball win, the new jackpot has a $15 million cash value. Those prizes also would be subject to federal taxes, and most states would take a cut as well.

Mega Millions and Powerball are both played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball also is offered in Puerto Rico.

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