The Powerball lottery drawing on Saturday, January 27th, 2024 led to big winnings for several fortunate ticket holders despite no one hitting the massive $164 million jackpot. Tickets sold in a handful of states matched five numbers to win $1 million each.
$1 Million Tickets Sold in Florida, Kentucky, New York
As announced by state lottery officials on January 28th, the winning numbers from Saturday night’s Powerball drawing were 3, 8, 21, 29, 50 with a Powerball of 19. While no single ticket matched all six numbers for the nearly $164 million grand prize, seven tickets around the country matched the five white balls, making each worth $1 million.
Three of those $1 million winning tickets were sold in:
- Florida at a Publix supermarket in Hialeah
- Kentucky at a retailer in Lexington
- New York at a Smokes 4 Less shop in Westchester County
Winners in Florida and New York will have up to 60 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. Kentucky winners have up to 180 days to come forward. All three states require the winners’ names and city of residence to be made public.
The four other $1 million winning Powerball tickets from Saturday’s drawing were sold in California, South Carolina and Texas. Lottery officials in those states have not yet announced the specific retail location where the tickets were purchased.
Jackpot Swells to $173 Million for Next Drawing
With no ticket hitting Saturday night’s massive jackpot, the Powerball top prize has rolled over and climbed even higher. The estimated Grand Prize for the next drawing on Monday, January 29th is an incredible $173 million ($107.3 million cash option).
Powerball drawings take place every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET. to give players across the country a chance at joining the list of jackpot winners:
|2 tickets – CA, WI
|Record $2.04 billion
|1 ticket – MD
|1 ticket – NY
To win the jackpot prize, players must match all five white ball numbers (1-69) and the red Powerball (1-26). The overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 24.9.
With the jackpot rolling, lottery officials expect a surge of ticket sales ahead of Monday night’s drawing. Hefty jackpots tend to generate excitement and media buzz that attracts casual, first-time players as well as regular lottery faithful.
The recent run of giant Powerball jackpots follows a change made in August 2021 that tweaked the game’s formula. Powerball officials made it harder to win the jackpot, but easier to win some of the smaller prizes – and it’s clearly led to some massive top prize totals.
Florida Powerball Winners Have 60 Days to Claim Prize
For the Florida ticket holder who purchased their $1 million winning Powerball ticket at a Publix supermarket in Hialeah, the countdown for coming forward has begun. As posted prominently by the Florida Lottery, Powerball winners have 60 calendar days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize.
That means the mystery winner who made their lucky ticket purchase in Hialeah will need to contact the Florida Lottery by March 28th, 2024 if they want to take home the $1 million prize. If the jackpot is not claimed within the required timeframe, the money allotted for the prize will be returned to contributing Powerball jurisdictions.
In Florida and many other states, Powerball winners cannot remain anonymous – the law requires the Florida Lottery to make the name, city of residence, and amount won by any winner who claims a prize over $250,000. Only six states currently allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.
Once the Florida ticket holder submits their winning ticket and claims their prize, they’ll be able to choose between receiving their $1 million as an annuity paid out over 30 years or taking the lump sum payment option. The cash value on the prize would equate to approximately $716,000 after federal taxes.
That’s certainly a life-changing amount of money. We’ll have to wait and see if the Hialeah Publix shopper comes forward with the winning ticket!
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