A single ticket sold in Wisconsin matched all six numbers in the Wednesday night American Powerball drawing to win the third-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.
Due to strong ticket sales, the jackpot climbed past the initial estimate of $750 million to $768.4 million by the time of the drawing.
The lucky ticket holder(s) will have the choice between an estimated annuity of $768.4 million, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump sum payment of $477 million.
The jackpot ranks as the third largest in U.S. lottery history behind the world record $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016, and the $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot won in South Carolina last October.
The winning numbers in the Wednesday, March 27 drawing were white balls 16, 20, 37, 44, 62, plus Powerball 12, and Power Play multiplier 3X.
Wednesday’s drawing was the 26th drawing since the last time the Powerball jackpot was hit on Dec. 26, 2018 in New York.
New Hampshire Syndicate Celebrates Million Dollar Win
A 30-person lottery syndicate comprised of employees at Jordan’s Furniture in Nashua claimed a $1 million Powerball prize this week at New Hampshire Lottery headquarters.
The group matched all five main numbers but missed the red Powerball for the drawing on Saturday, March 23.
The New Hampshire Lottery made a formal check presentation to the group, with about 20 members of the winner pool present.
Pooling money and forming a lottery syndicate is a fantastic way to get extra chances to win an elusive lottery jackpot without the extra cost.
“What a tremendous moment to be able to award this big group of lucky winners this $1 million prize. On behalf of the New Hampshire Lottery, I’d like to say congratulations to our winners,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director, New Hampshire Lottery. “The New Hampshire Lottery encourages players to take part in pools, as it makes the experience more fun when you can share the excitement and anticipation with friends, family or co-workers.”
“We are all really excited to win this $1 million Powerball prize together,” said Litchfield resident Julia Crema, one of the members of the winning pool. “We have been playing Powerball together off and on for years and we always dreamed we’d land a big winner. Today is our lucky day!”
Newly Minted Millionaire Sings a Happy Tune
Lloyd Dockery of Lowell, North Carolina said he’s got a million reasons to sing after winning a $1 million Powerball prize.
The southern gospel singer bought his Quick Pick ticket for this past Saturday’s drawing when he stopped to get gas.
“When I saw how much the jackpot was I almost bought two tickets,” said Dockery. “But then I figured, if I’m going to win, I only need one.”
He didn’t find out he had a winning ticket until he read the paper Monday morning and saw that someone won $1 million. He pulled out his ticket, put it next to the paper, and started checking the numbers. He checked the numbers four different times before he believed what he saw.
“I had to make sure it was real,” Dockery said. “It still feels like I’m dreaming.”
Dockery claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. Dockery plans to give some of the money to his church, pay off his house, and get a new guitar.
“I need to make sure I have a good guitar if I’m going to keep singing,” Dockery said. “I go to retirement homes and perform Johnny Cash. Everybody loves Johnny Cash.”
The American Powerball jackpot resets this Saturday night after Wednesday’s jackpot was won by a single ticket in Wisconsin.
The only way to win is to be in the game.