We Have A Powerball Winner!!

One Powerball ticket among the millions sold across the countryhas made someone in Massachusetts a very rich person.

The winning ticket for Wednesday's $758.7 million Powerballjackpot is the largest haul in North American history for a singlewinning ticket.

The ticket was sold in Massachusetts, lottery officials haveconfirmed. It was sold at Handy Variety in Watertown, located about20 minutes west of Boston.

"There was one Powerball jackpot winner Wednesday and9,397,723 additional players won prizes totaling more than $135million," according to the Powerball website. "Theestimated jackpot will be reset to $40 million." The numbers forthe jackpot -- the second-largest Powerball jackpot in history --were drawn Wednesday night.

The numbers drawn were 6, 7, 16, 23, 26. The Powerball was 4.

The $758.7 million jackpot is second only to a $1.6 billion prizeshared by three people in January 2016.

The current jackpot refers to the annuity option, doled out in 30payments over 29 years, increasing 5 percent annually. Nearly allwinners favor the cash option, which would now be $443.3 million.

AsABC News reported Wednesday morning, Powerball officials told ABCNews they expected to sell 170 million tickets between last Saturdayand tonight's drawing.

The odds of matching all six numbers are only one in 292.2 million-- but the odds of winning another prize are a bit more encouraging.

Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington,D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. VirginIslands, all of which collectively oversee the game.


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