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 1, 17, 25, 37 and 44, while the latter was 20, as shown above in Powerball39’s speedily posted video on YouTube.
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 $317.0 million and a cash value of $176.3 million.
If there were only one jackpot-winning ticket, then it would produce the third-biggest Powerball winner of the year. The biggest Powerball winners so far in 2013 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.
MacKenzie is commonly considered the winner of the largest prize ever on one ticket. Powerball players this weekend probably should not get too pumped about possibly following in her footsteps just yet, though: The lottery sponsor has calculated the odds of hitting the jackpot as 1 in 175,223,510.