Powerball lottery player scoops staggering $768million jackpot to become third largest lotto winner in US history

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ONE lucky US lottery player has today won the staggering $768million Powerball jackpot – the third largest prize in the country’s history.

The winning player purchased their ticket in Wisconsin, lottery bosses announced this morning.

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One lucky player in Wisconsin can claim the staggering $768million jackpot prize[/caption]

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Powerball bosses had estimated the jackpot to be worth $750million[/caption]

They chose the magic numbers 16, 20, 37, 44, 62, as well as the Powerball number 12.

Seven tickets matched all five white balls, but missed matching the red Powerball to win a $1m (£760,000) prize.

Those tickets were sold in Arizona, two in California, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey and New York.

Two other tickets, sold in Kansas and Minnesota, matched all five white balls and doubled the prize to $2 million, because the tickets included the Power Play option for an additional $1.

WINNING DRAW

After months without a winner, lottery officials drew the winning numbers on Wednesday evening.

The prize has grown steadily since the last jackpot winner on December 26.

And the jackpot-winning player beat mind-bending odds of one in 292.2 million to earn the prize – although they are yet to claim it.

David Barden, Powerball Product Group chairman and New Mexico Lottery CEO, said: “It’s going to be a very green spring for our first Powerball jackpot winner of 2019.

“A jackpot of this size can make many dreams come true – not just for the winner, but for all Lottery beneficiaries and the lucky state of Wisconsin.”

The $768m (£582m) figure refers to the annuity option – paid over 29 years.

Nearly all grand prize winners opt for the cash prize, which for Wednesday’s drawing stands at $477 million (£361.4m).


Powerball is played in 44 states, plus Washington, DC, the U.S Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The $768.4 million is the third-largest behind the world record $1.586 billion (£1.2bn) Powerball jackpot shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016,

A $1.537bn (£1.16bn) Mega Millions jackpot was won in South Carolina last October.

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People queue outside the Lotto Store in Primm, California, to buy tickets for Wednesday’s draw[/caption]

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