The United States of Powerball
It appears one ticket has helped someone (or some people) amass the second-richest lottery jackpot in United States history.
A ticket in Massachusetts matched Wednesday’s Powerball numbers, which were 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26 with the Poweball number 4, good for $757.8 million.
The jackpot tops the $656 million prize won in March 2012, split between three winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.
It’s still less than half the amount given out on Jan. 13, 2016, when three tickets matched all six Mega Millions numbers for a prize of nearly $1.6 billion. A ticket in Chino Hills had the same numbers as winners in Florida and Tennessee.
In California, three winners matched the five numbers without the Powerball. NBC Bay Area reports the tickets were sold in Daly City, Milpitas and Newport Beach. Those tickets are worth $818,240 each.
Powerball is a multistate lottery played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. California joined in 2013, but the game has been going since 1992. To win, a player must match five numbers between 1-69 and a bonus Powerball number from 1-26.
Winners can take an annuity option, paid out over 29 years, or a smaller cash prize, given in a lump sum. For Wednesday’s jackpot, it’s a little more than $443 million. Each option is taxed 25 percent by the federal government. State taxes also apply in several places, but not in California.
Saturday’s jackpot starts over at Powerball’s minimum, which is $40 million.