The Powerball keeps getting bigger and bigger. The drawing for Wednesday, August 23, 2017, was for $700 million. This is the second-largest drawing in the jackpot’s history, if someone wins. The highest jackpot yet was for $1.6 billion. When do we find out if anyone won?
A winning jackpot ticket was sold in Massachusetts, Powerball has announced. Because of this, the Powerball will not be rolling over. Saturday’s Powerball will start over at $40 million.
Just one winning ticket was sold, which makes this the largest jackpot won by a single ticket holder in North American Lottery history, the Mass. State Lottery announced. The winner came forward Thursday. She is 53-year-old Chicopee, Massachusetts, resident Mavis Wanczyk.
There were also six Match 5 winners for the $2 million Power Play, and 19 $1 million winners of the Match 5 without a Power Play.
The winning numbers for Wednesday are: 7-26-16-23-6 and a Powerball of 4.
We never know immediately after a Powerball drawing if anyone won. It typically takes Powerball about two hours to process all the tickets and announce if someone won and where the winning ticket was purchased.
The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. We haven’t had a winner in this one since June 14.
This was the second largest jackpot in Powerball’s history. After that, Powerball’s next largest winners were $590.5 million in May 2013, $587.5 million in November 2012, and $564.1 million for February 11, 2015.
Powerball is played in 44 states in the U.S., plus D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. You can buy your ticket for Wednesday up until about an hour before the jackpot in most states, although some locations may quit selling tickets earlier than that.
Some people were holding out hope that this jackpot would grow to $1 billion like it did in January. But unfortunately, it didn’t happen this time.
Meanwhile, others are just sharing their disappointment about not winning: