Winning Powerball Ticket Sold in Washington Is Worth $754.6 Million, Lottery Officials Say
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There's a winner in Washington!
A single Powerball ticket purchased in the state matched all six numbers — 5, 11, 22, 23, 69, plus a prize-doubling Power Play multiplier, 7 — in Monday's drawing, according to an announcement on the lottery game's website.
The winning jackpot is worth $754.6 million, making it the fifth-largest in Powerball history.
The lucky ticket-holder, who has not yet claimed the prize, will have a big decision to make: choosing between taking a lump sum payment of $407.2 million or opting for an annuitized $754.6 million plan, which pays an immediate initial amount followed by 29 annual payments that increase by 5% each year, according to lottery officials.
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The lottery game is urging all players to check their tickets because there are nine ways to win — and more than 1.7 million people won a combined total of $21.1 million in cash in Monday's drawing.
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Big winners include five tickets (two in Michigan, three in New York) that matched all five white balls to win $1 million prizes. In addition, one ticket in Texas matched all five white balls and doubled the prize to $2 million by including the Power Play option for an additional $1 per play.
There were also 58 tickets nationwide that won $50,000 prizes (by matching four numbers and the Powerball number) and 16 tickets that won $100,000 prizes (by matching four numbers, the Powerball number and the Power Play).
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Powerball tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They cost $2 per play.
Monday's jackpot winning ticket is the first for 2023. A Powerball winner on Nov. 19, 2022, scored $92.9 million, game officials said.
The odds of winning are 1 in 24.9 while the odds of winning a jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million, according to the announcement.