Powerball Success: Over 150 Winners Claim Nearly $20M in Secondary Prizes

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Powerball Success: Over 150 Winners Claim Nearly $20M in Secondary Prizes
In the drawing held on October 11, seven players matched the first five numbers to win $1,000,000, while the winners of the second-prize tickets sold with the Power Play option in Arizona and Pennsylvania took home $2 million.

Despite the fact that a single Californian won the $1.76 billion Powerball jackpot during Wednesday night's drawing, over 150 players nationwide won between $50,000 and $2 million by correctly selecting the bulk of the numbers.

Two players—one from Pennsylvania and the other from Arizona—doubled their prize package by adding the Power Play, and they each won $2 million from Powerball before taxes.

When the Power Play option was used, the ticket won $2 million by matching five white balls: 22, 24, 40, 52, and 64.

In addition, the October 11 drawing saw seven players win a $1,000,000 prize by matching the first five numbers. The newly created pre-tax millionaires come from:

(2) Florida (2) California (1) New York (1) Oklahoma (1) Virginia (1)
Additionally, when 24 tickets were added to the Power Play option and four of the first five numbers were matched, Powerball participants received $100,000.

Last but not least, 121 Powerball players without the Power Play option won $50,000 on Wednesday night by matching four of the first five numbers.

With a grand reward of $1.76 billion ($774.1 million in cash), the single ticket sold in California became the second-largest U.S. lottery jackpot and the second-largest Powerball jackpot ever won.

More winners: This summer's $1 million rewards from drawings were claimed by New York Powerball players.

What are the Powerball winning odds?
Although it makes sense that some lottery players might be drawn to the enormous $1.73 billion reward, it's important to remember that the odds of winning Powerball's top prize are incredibly low.

Where do tickets for the lottery get sold?
Gas stations, convenience stores and grocery stores are the physical locations where tickets can be purchased. Additionally, some airport terminals might sell lottery tickets. 

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