The Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s lottery drawing has increased to an estimated $229 million, with a cash option valued at $132.3 million.
The winning numbers were: 18, 20, 26, 53, 69. Powerball: 5. Power Play 2X.
While no one across the country hit Wednesday’s $211.8 million jackpot, three tickets matching five numbers but not the Powerball were sold. The $1 million, second-prize tickets were bought in Massachusetts, Ohio and Tennessee.
In New Jersey, no one won more than $400 with a single ticket.
Wednesday’s winning numbers were: 22, 39, 43, 62 and 64. The Powerball drawn was 7 with a Power Play of 4X.
In addition, no one hit the secondary, $10 million drawing that followed the main drawing on Wednesday. The winning numbers were 23, 49, 51, 58 and 65. The Double Play Powerball drawn was 12.
The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are 292,201,388 to 1. A player who buys a $2 ticket has about a 1 in 11,688,053 chance to match five numbers and win at least $1 million, while the odds are 913,129 to 1 of winning the third prize of at least $50,000.
Powerball is played on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in 45 states, as well as Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
New Jersey Lottery offices in Lawrence are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. if players prefer to drop off claims and validate winning tickets in person. Claims can be left in a secure drop box at lottery headquarters. That option applies to prizes worth more than $599.50.
If player wins a prize of $25,000 or more (or otherwise feels more comfortable submitting claims in person) appointments can be made to meet with lottery representatives in person by calling 1-800-222-0996.
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