powerball winning numbers: are you the big winner?
What are the winning Powerball numbers for tonight’s lottery drawing? The results are in!
The jackpot is at a record $1.6 billion, the largest in U.S. lottery history. To win, players must have a ticket that matches all six numbers drawn, including the “powerball.”
The winning numbers, drawn on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 10:59 p.m. ET, are:
8 27 34 4 19 Powerball: 10
The winning numbers were 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10. According to the Powerball website, players in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Viriginia, Washington and West Virgina earned $1 million by matching the five winning numbers, though they failed to pick the Powerball.
Players in Arizona, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Jersey, Tennessee and Texas earned $2 million by matching the winning numbers and selecting the Power Play option on their ticket.
The California Lottery announced that it had a winner approximately 15 minutes after the numbers were drawn. California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso confirmed early Thursday that winning tickets were also sold in Florida and Tennessee.
Traverso said the winning California ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles. The winning ticket in Tennessee was sold in Munford, north of Memphis, according to a news release from lottery officials in that state. The winning Florida ticket was sold at a Publix grocery store in Melbourne Beach.
The Chino Hills store and its surrounding strip mall immediately became a wildly popular gathering spot. TV footage showed hundreds of people, from news crews to gawkers, crowded the store and spilled into its parking lot.
“It’s history. We’re all so excited for our city,” Rita Talwar, 52, who has lived in Chino Hills for 30 years, told the local newspaper, the San Bernardino Sun.
Spectators cheered and mugged for TV cameras as if it were New Year’s Eve or a sporting event. Many chanted, “Chino Hills! Chino Hills!” in celebration of their city. Some took selfies with the store clerk on duty.
“I’m very proud that the ticket was sold here,” the clerk, M. Faroqui, told the Sun. “I’m very happy. This is very exciting.”
It was not immediately clear whether Faroqui was the clerk who had sold the lucky ticket. The 7-Eleven will get a $1 million bonus for selling the winning ticket, Traverso said.
The odds of winning were 1 in 292.2 million, while the final jackpot amount was $1.586 billion.
The jackpot will be paid in annual payments over 29 years, or the winners could opt for a lump-sum payment. Winners have to pay 39.6 percent of the prize in federal income taxes, in addition to any state taxes.
Estimated jackpot amounts had been steadily rising since Nov. 4, when the jackpot was reset at $40 million.
Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
But residents in the six states that don’t participate found ways to get their hands on tickets. Some of the biggest Powerball sales have come from cities bordering states that don’t sell the tickets, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.