POWERBALL Dreams: 79 Winners in $1.6 Billion Lottery Jackpot

POWERBALL Dreams: 79 Winners in $1.6 Billion Lottery Jackpot

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Three lucky winners will split last night’s $1.6 billion American Powerball jackpot, with winning numbers reported in California, Florida, and Tennessee.

But 76 others won a half-million dollars or more in the drawing by getting some, but not all five numbers, plus the “Powerball” number.

The winning picks were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and Powerball 10.

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Winners can take their money in smaller, lump sum payment or take the full amount paid out to them in installments over 30 years.

The three winners matched all the numbers drawn, but there were smaller prizes for matching different combinations of the numbers. Because of that, 65 tickets won at least $1,000,000, eight won at least $2,000,000, and the three big winners will take home $500 million each, before taxes.

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The jackpot grew to the biggest of any lottery in American history, after changes to the rules in October. By changing the pool of numbers, the odds of winning the jackpot nearly doubled to 1-in-292-million.

The increased odds prevented anyone from winning the top prize for almost two months, letting the amount rise after each drawing. So, while you may not have won, expect to see more giant jackpots in the future.

(READ more at the Washington Post) — Photo: Public Domain Pictures; Multi-State Lottery Assn.

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