A department store in a Seattle suburb sold the winning ticket for a $754.6 million Powerball jackpot. The winning numbers were 5, 11, 22, 23, 69 and the Powerball 7.
One winning ticket for the $754.6 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a department store in a Seattle suburb, lottery officials said Tuesday. The winning numbers were 5, 11, 22, 23, 69 and the Powerball 7.
It’s the second Powerball jackpot ticket sold in Washington state, and both tickets were bought in Auburn. In 2014, a $90 million jackpot was won.
Another $1 million prize won in November remains unclaimed by lottery winners in Airway Heights, near Spokane. Lottery winners have 180 days to claim their prizes. The Powerball lottery announced early Tuesday that a single ticket matched all six numbers and that ticket sales increased the jackpot to $747 million from an earlier estimate.
The full jackpot is for a winner opting for an annuity distributed in one immediate but partial payout followed by additional payments over 29 years that increase by 5% annually. In addition to a cash payment of $407.2 million, the winner can choose a one-time cash payment. Both prizes are listed before taxes, Powerball said.
A $20 million jackpot is estimated for Wednesday’s drawing, according to the lottery website. Monday night’s win was the first Powerball jackpot win since Nov. 19. During that winless streak, the prize grew larger and larger until it became the ninth-largest in the nation’s history.
Higher interest rates have allowed annuity payments to increase, compared with earlier jackpots, when rates were lower. Most winners prefer the immediate cash prize. The game’s abysmal odds of 1 in 292.2 million are designed to build big prizes that draw more players. That strategy certainly has worked recently; someone in Maine won a $1.35 billion Mega Millions prize in January and a California player hit a record $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot last November. No one has claimed either of those prizes.
There are 45 states that play Powerball, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.