A lucky gambler could have won one of the largest lottery jackpots ever in the United States. The winning numbers in the latest multi-state Powerball lottery were drawn late Wednesday for an estimated $500 million jackpot, which is the third-largest in the game’s history. Ticket holders can check online here for the winning numbers.
The winning numbers for Wednesday's drawing were 11, 13, 25, 39 and 54, lottery officials said. The Powerball was 19.
“Every attempt is made to ensure that this list of numbers is accurate, the official winning numbers are recorded in the official draw files as certified by an independent accounting firm. Winning numbers are not official until confirmed by the auditing firm of Carroll and Company, CPAs,” according to a statement from the Multi-State Lottery Association, on Powerball winning numbers.
There is a one-in-175 million chance of winning the big purse. Powerball players who match all six numbers correctly can walk away with an estimated lump-sum cash payout of $337.8 million. Winners can also opt to receive the money in annuity payments over three decades before taxes, according to Reuters.
The largest Powerball jackpot was $590.5 million, awarded to a single winner in May 2013. Powerball drawings are made on Wednesday and Saturday nights. All winning tickets must be redeemed in the state or jurisdiction in which they were sold. Powerball tickets cost $2 each and are sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to Reuters.