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Winning $338M Powerball jackpot ticket sold in NJ

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:42 p.m. HST, Mar 24, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa >> A single ticket sold in New Jersey matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing for the $338.3 million Powerball jackpot, lottery officials said. It was the 13th drawing held in the days since a Virginia man won a $217 million jackpot Feb. 6.

Thirteen other tickets worth $1 million each matched all but the final Powerball number on Saturday night. Those tickets were sold in New Jersey and 10 other states. Lottery officials said there was also one Power Play Match 5 winner in Iowa.

The New Jersey Lottery said Sunday that details about the winning ticket would be released Monday, declining to reveal where it had been purchased and whether anyone had immediately come forward. It was the sixth largest jackpot in history.

The numbers drawn were 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and Powerball 31. A lump sum payout would be $221 million.

Lottery officials said the 13 tickets worth $1 million apiece — matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball — were sold in Arizona, Florida (2), Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina and Virginia.

Powerball said on its website that the grand prize jackpot has now been reset to an estimated $40 million or a lump sum cash amount estimated at $25 million for Wednesday's next drawing.

No one had won the Powerball jackpot since early February, when Dave Honeywell in Virginia bought the winning ticket and elected a cash lump sum for his $217 million jackpot.

The largest Powerball jackpot ever came in at $587.5 million in November. The winning numbers were picked on two different tickets — one by a couple in Missouri and the other by an Arizona man — and the jackpot was split.

Nebraska still holds the record for the largest Powerball jackpot won on a single ticket — $365 million. That jackpot was won by eight workers at a Lincoln, Neb., meatpacking plant in February 2006.

Powerball is played in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The chance of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is about 1 in 175 million.

Powerball said on its website that the game is played every Wednesday and Saturday night when five white balls are drawn from a drum of 59 balls and one red ball is picked from a drum with 35 red balls. It added that winners of the Powerball jackpot can elect to be paid out over 29 years at a percentage set by the game's rules — or in a lump sum cash payment.

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olos73 wrote:
If Hawaii had a lottery, how much money would go into the State's coffer meaning less taxes on residents? Tourists would buy tickets too, and add to the State's revenue. No lottery, no added money. Anti-gambling people, that's why we have to pay more taxes, and get more services cut. Let the people buy lottery tickets with THEIR money so you can keep more of YOUR money in YOUR pockets.
on March 24,2013 | 08:44AM
olos73 wrote:
Adding to my comment, the State gets money from each ticket sold, AND winning tickets over a certain amount is taxed, so State gets money from winning tickets also. And people wonder why we have to pay more for this, pay more for that, take away this service, take away that service, etc., yet people grumble because the State NO MORE MONEY...
on March 24,2013 | 08:52AM
false wrote:
When I see stories like this I can only conclude that the Star-Advertiser is taunting us...
on March 24,2013 | 09:24AM
Lanikaula wrote:
that and the fact that it is REPETITIVE in its everyday printing...B4 there was NO SUCH thing as REPEATING the same news to take up space like this paper is doing on a daily, weekly, monthly basis...PRINT THIS SA!
on March 24,2013 | 09:33AM
ready2go wrote:
This payout sounds like a lot of money. How can we find out just how much money was paid in to win this lottery? Too bad the State House leaders killed the resolution to look into starting a gambling industry/business in Hawaii. We could learn more about just how much money go into these lotteries and the potential taxes for the State and Counties.
on March 24,2013 | 10:13AM
hanalei395 wrote:
For a fix on one's gambling addiction, there is always Hawai'i's "ninth island"... Las Vegas. NO "gambling business" for Hawai'i Nei.
on March 24,2013 | 11:33AM
olos73 wrote:
Yeah, but more money out of YOUR pocket because the State doesn't have the money. No grumble when you have less to spend for YOURSELF, but have to give to the State. I would rather have other people buying lottery tickets and filling the State's coffer so I can have more to spend, and less for me to give to the State.
on March 24,2013 | 12:48PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"More to spend" ... on gambling. IN THE MEANTIME .... spend it in Las Vegas.
on March 24,2013 | 12:58PM
olos73 wrote:
Give YOUR money to the STATE because they not giving anything to YOU. Example: better roads, better schools, less taxes,...
on March 24,2013 | 02:03PM
hanalei395 wrote:
OK. And don't worry about it. (No gambling for Hawai'i Nei).
on March 24,2013 | 02:20PM
olos73 wrote:
No grumble now, because the Gov is telling you thanks for giving him YOUR money. You still working and giving Abercrombie money from your paychecks? If your are, I should be thanking you for "donating" to the State, because I'm not. My wife and I retired in our 50's, so we haven't been giving the State any income taxes for years. And yes, we taking the money that we don't give the State to Vegas.
on March 24,2013 | 02:56PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Good luck, and have fun.
on March 24,2013 | 02:58PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Is Hawaii people Mormons? I hear that the only two states that don't have a lottery is Utah and Hawaii. I know we have a huge expensive Mormon temple on the North Shore area - evidently the Mormons have a big influence on Hawaii plotics.
on March 24,2013 | 03:06PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Mitt Romney.....big favorite here.
on March 24,2013 | 03:16PM
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