Friday, August 17, 2012

Winning Powerball numbers drawn for $320 million jackpot on Aug. 15 - The Star-Ledger -

powerball-jackpot-320-million-edison-nj.JPGThis Powerball jackpot sign at a convenience store on Route 27 in Edison explains why ticket sales were high for Wednesday night's drawing. The jackpot soared to $320 million - one of the largest in Powerball history.

Time to check your Powerball tickets to find out if you can suddenly afford a mansion and a yacht â€" or buy the Houston Astros.

These are the winning numbers that were selected at 11 p.m. Wednesday: 6, 27, 46, 51 and 56. The Powerball drawn was 21.

Tonight's top jackpot prize is valued at a whopping $320 million â€" or about $213 million for players who chose the cash option â€" because no lottery players have matched all the winning numbers during the past seven weeks.

This was the fourth largest jackpot in Powerball history, a fact that helped drive up the volume of ticket sales, lottery officials said.

There has been no big jackpot winner since June 23, when a couple from Seymour, Conn., won $60 million for matching all six Powerball numbers.

For the last drawing, Saturday night, five tickets sold across the nation â€" including one from New Jersey â€" matched the five regular numbers, but not the Powerball. Those tickets are worth $1 million apiece before taxes.

1 lottery Sciarrino.JPGNewark resident Wilson Rodriguez holds what he hopes will be the winning Powerball ticket. The jackpot for Wednesday's drawing reached an estimated $320 million.

Tickets sold in the Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania also won $1 million Saturday night.

Powerball is played in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, along with 40 other states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

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