UNDATED (WSAU) The third-largest jackpot in Powerball history was won in neighboring Michigan last night. One ticket matched all six numbers to win $337-million. Wisconsin had some big winners as well. One ticket won $40,000 by having the Power Play option, and matching four-of-the-five regular numbers plus the Powerball. Four others in the Badger State won $10,000 each by doing the same thing without the Power Play.
Almost 50,000 Wisconsin players won something – about five times the normal number.
Last night’s numbers were 6, 27, 46, 51, and 56. The Powerball was 21.
The jackpot was originally set at $320-million, but high ticket sales pushed it up to $337-million.
The Michigan Lottery said the winning ticket was bought at a Sunoco gas station at Lapeer in the southeast part of the state near Flint. It was the largest Powerball jackpot since February of 2006, when eight workers at a Nebraska meat plant shared $365-million. The biggest lottery jackpot in U-S history was a $656-million prize in the Mega Millions’ game, shared by three winners in March.
The Powerball winner bucked odds of 1-in-175-million to grab the top prize. The winner, or winners, must now decide whether to take the whole prize in 30 yearly installments – or take a cash option now of around $220-million.
The Powerball jackpot returns to $40-million for the next drawing on Saturday night. The Mega Millions prize for tomorrow night is at $45-million dollars.