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This Powerball drawing brought holiday joy to several people. Nine folks cashed in $1,000,000 in lottery winnings and one lucky person from Arizona won the $95,300,000 Powerball jackpot! Here’s the story reported by the Lottery Post:

Powerball lottery spreads the wealth in Wednesday’s drawing

Birthdays and playing the spread likely behind higher-than-anticipated winners

What a night for Powerball players around the United States!

In Wednesday evening’s Powerball multi-state lottery drawing, 34 players hit the match-5 $200,000 prize level, including nine winners who also purchased Power Play and will walk away with $1 million, and one player won the entire jackpot of $95.3 million.

The cash value of the jackpot is $49.8 million.

One lucky ticket sold in Arizona won Wednesday’s $95.3 million Powerball jackpot by matching all 5 numbers plus the Powerball number.  The winning numbers were 5, 10, 11, 12, 20, and the Powerball number was 2.  The Power Play number was 3.

The big wins didn’t stop there.  A total of 34 tickets sold throughout the United States matched the first 5 numbers but not the Powerball numbers to win second prize.

For 25 of those players that means a prize of $200,000, but for nine others who also purchased the Power Play option for an extra dollar, it means a whopping $1 million prize.

The second-prize tickets were sold in the following states:  1 from Colorado, 4 from Florida (3 with Power Play), 1 from Idaho (with Power Play), 1 from Indiana, 1 from Kentucky, 1 from Louisiana, 1 from Michigan, 1 from Nebraska, 1 from New Jersey, 13 from New York (1 with Power Play), 1 from North Carolina, 2 from Pennsylvania, 1 from Rhode Island (with Power Play), 1 from South Carolina, 1 from Tennessee (with Power Play), 1 from Texas (with Power Play), 1 from West Virginia, and 1 from Wisconsin (with Power Play).

In addition to the big winners, nearly $14 million was won in smaller prizes. Read the whole story…


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