1 winner in $759M Powerball jackpot
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Powerball just made one person insanely rich.
A winning ticket was sold in Waterton, Massachusetts, for Wednesday’s $759 million jackpot — the largest with a single winner in North American history — Massachusetts Lottery spokesman Christian Teja told CNN.
The winning numbers were 6, 7, 16, 23, 26 and the Powerball was 4.
Chances of picking all six winning numbers currently stand at about one in 292 million.
That means you are actually more likely to be killed by an asteroid (1 in 700,000), be struck by lightning while drowning (1 in 183 million) or give birth to quadruplets (1 in 729,000).
And there’s been two other Powerball jackpots that have passed the $400 million mark so far in 2017. A $448 million prize was claimed in June, and a $435 million jackpot was won in February.
The only prize that’s ever topped the $1 billion mark was claimed in 2016.
It was a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot that grew for months before. Then, three winning tickets — one each sold in Tennessee, California and Florida — all lined up for the numbers drawn on Jan. 13, 2016.
The odds have always been long for landing a Powerball jackpot. But it became even more difficult recently — thanks to a rule change in October 2015 that tweaked the odds.
– Keith Allen contributed to this report