Powerball Winning Numbers Announced In Drawing For Estimated $300 Million Jackpot Saturday

 @JJMcGrath3000j.mcgrath@ibtimes.com on August 03 2013 11:01 PM
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A single winning ticket for Wednesday night's $400 million Powerball jackpot drawing was sold in Lexington, South Carolina. The winner will be announced at an 11 a.m. ET press conference. Reuters

The numbers of the five white balls and one red ball drawn in the high-stakes Multi-State Lottery Association’s semiweekly Powerball game were announced on a national telecast Saturday night: The former were 21, 24, 36, 42 and 45, while the latter was 15.

Results are pending, but the lottery’s sponsor estimated before the drawing that a jackpot-winning ticket or tickets could have an annuity value of $307.2 million.

If there were only one jackpot-winning ticket, then it would produce the third-biggest Powerball winner of 2013. The biggest Powerball winners so far this year are Florida’s Gloria C. MacKenzie, who on May 18 won a jackpot with an annuity value of $590.5 million and a cash value of $370.9 million, and New Jersey’s Pedro Quezada, who on March 23 won a jackpot with an annuity value of $338.3 million and a cash value of $221.0 million.

Both MacKenzie and Quezada chose to collect their winnings not on an annuity basis but on a cash basis, which historically has been the most popular option among big Powerball winners.

Powerball is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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