No Powerball jackpot victor but Florida ticket among those worth $1M

Ann Santiago
October 26, 2018

No ticket matched all six numbers for the prize Wednesday night, making the jackpot now the third largest in USA history and second largest in Powerball history.

Patel says he has no idea who bought the winning ticket for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing.

The pool that 87-year-old Earl Livingston joined included 141 other people - and it included a $1 million willing ticket. The jackpot for Powerball had climbed to $620 million by Wednesday afternoon.

Mega Millions confirmed there was one victor for the whopping $US1.6 billion ($NZ2.45b) prize.

It is now the fourth-largest lottery jackpot in US history.

Had there not been a victor, a drawing for a record $1.6 billion jackpot would have been held on Friday.

Mr Patel said he has no idea who bought the winning ticket but hopes they keep coming back.

Before the Mega Millions drawing, lottery officials had been reporting an expected $1.6 billion jackpot, based on estimates tied to historical patterns, lottery spokeswoman Carole Bober Gentry said on Wednesday.

The lump sum cash payout is estimated at $354.3m. Janice Curtis, the mayor, said that the victor was a local factory worker who planned to remain anonymous. "Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment!" Wednesday's advertised jackpot was $602 million.

The state that sells the winning ticket finds out first. Mega Millions followed suit in October 2017, with odds worsening from 1 in 259 million to 1 in 302.5 million.

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