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Powerball winning numbers for December 6 drawing: Jackpot now $468 million

A man buys Powerball tickets at a news stand in New York City on July 19, 2023.
A man buys Powerball tickets at a news stand in New York City on July 19, 2023.

The Powerball jackpot for the next drawing on Saturday is now worth an estimated $468 million after no winner emerged from Wednesday's drawing.

The numbers were chosen just after 11 p.m. ET Wednesday, and we have the results below.

If there is a winner on Saturday and they choose the cash option, they could now go home with $220.3 million, according to the lottery.

Here are the winning numbers for the Dec. 6 drawing.

Powerball winning numbers: 12/06/2023

The winning numbers for Wednesday night's drawing were 2, 12, 37, 56 and 65. The Powerball was 21 and the Power Play was 3X.

Did anyone win the Powerball last night?

While there were no jackpot winners or Match 5 + Power Play $2 million winners, there was a Match 5 $1 million winner in California.

What are the odds of winning the Powerball?

It's understandable that some lottery players are enticed by the whopping $468 million jackpot, but it's essential to keep in mind that the chances of winning Powerball's top prize are exceedingly slim.

  • The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are about one in 292.2 million.

  • The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize (across all tiers) are about one in 24.9.

To participate in the Powerball game, players can purchase a ticket for $2 per play. The game requires players to choose five numbers from one to 69 for the white balls, and one number from one to 26 for the red Powerball. Alternatively, players can opt to receive random numbers.

In order to win the jackpot, it is necessary to match the numbers for all of the five white balls and the red Powerball.

In addition to the grand prize, Powerball offers eight other ways to win based on the number of matched balls in the non-jackpot tiers.

The non-jackpot prizes offered range from $4 to $1 million. By paying an additional $1, you can choose to participate in "Powerplay" that increases non-jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 times.

According to Powerball, the 10X Powerplay option is exclusively applicable to jackpots worth $150 million or less. Additionally, the game's "Match 5" prize for the second-tier is limited to a maximum of $2 million if the Powerplay feature is utilized.

An additional add-on feature called "Double Play," which gives players another chance to match their numbers after each Powerball drawing, is available in some jurisdictions for $1 per play.

Where can you buy lottery tickets?

Tickets can be purchased in-person at gas stations, convenience stores and grocery stores. Some airport terminals may also sell lottery tickets.

You can also order tickets online through Jackpocket, the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network, in these U.S. states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington D.C. and West Virginia. The Jackpocket app allows you to pick your lottery game and numbers, place your order, see your ticket and collect your winnings all using your phone or home computer.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Powerball winning numbers for 12/6/23 drawing; $468 million jackpot