Single ticket from Wisconsin wins $768M Powerball jackpot

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(Gray News) - One Powerball ticket matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night to take home the third largest jackpot in United States lottery history.

The ticket holder(s) bought their $768 million-winning combination in Wisconsin, according to a Powerball press release. The drawing was the first time the jackpot had been won in 2019.

The winning numbers were 44, 62, 20, 37, 16. The Powerball number was 12.

The winner(s) overcame 292.2 million to one odds to hit the jackpot and will soon have an important decision to make: cash or annuity.

Taking the cash up front would net them about $477 million (before taxes), while an annuity would get them the full amount (also, before taxes) in installments across 29 years.

The grand prize isn’t the only way to win the Powerball. You can get $100 by matching either four white balls or three white balls and the Powerball, and if you match four white balls plus the Powerball, you’d get $50,000.

Lottery officials say more than 5.4 million tickets won prizes in Wednesday’s drawing.

Seven of those tickets matched all five white balls but not the Powerball to win $1 million. Those tickets were sold in Arizona, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey and New York, and two were sold in California.

Two other tickets, sold in Kansas and Minnesota, matched the same amount of numbers and, using the Power Play option, doubled the prize to $2 million.

Now that the jackpot has been won, it will reset to $40 million for Saturday’s drawing.

A jackpot winner needs to match numbers on all five white balls and the red Powerball. The white balls are numbered 1 through 69, and the Powerball is numbered 1 through 26.

The world record lottery jackpots are Powerball’s $1.586 billion, won in January 2016, and Mega Millions’ $1.537 billion, won in October 2018, according to the press release.

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