Do you think that winning the Powerball Jackpot is nearly impossible? A big win in the Wisconsin Lottery shows otherwise. A very lucky player, who is anonymous and hasn’t claimed the prize money yet, had a ticket that matched all six Powerball numbers. As a result, he or she has won the Jackpot of 768.4 million dollars! History was written because of this, since it’s the third largest Jackpot in US history.
Powerball ticket bought as a gas station
Powerball is a popular lottery because it has amazing Jackpots every week. The lottery is currently played in 44 states, plus Puerto Rico, Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands. A suburb in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was the place where the million-dollar ticket was sold this time. It happened in a Speedway gas station in New Berlin, to be precisely. The gas station will receive 100.000 dollars because it sold the winning ticket.
US Jackpot history has been written
With this Jackpot win lottery history was written. It was the third largest Jackpot hit in US history. 768.4 million dollars is still less than the current world record of 1.586 billion dollars! A couple of people won this record-breaking Jackpot in California, Florida in Tennessee in January 2016. It’s a bit more than the Mega Millions Jackpot hit in October 2018, when someone from South Carolina won an incredible 1.537 billion dollars.
More jackpot winners
There were more tickets that matched all five balls on this historic Wednesday, but they did not have the red ball. Players who had these tickets will not complain though, since they still won 1 million dollars. From these seven lucky tickets one was sold in New York and the others in New Jersey, Indiana, Missouri and Arizona. Two winners live in California. Two others tickets from Kansas and Minnesota did not only matched five white balls, but also had the so-called ‘Power Play’ option. This extra option only costs 1 dollar, but a prize is doubled because of it. So the winners from Kansas and Minnesota took home 2 million instead of 1 million dollars!
No claim yet
It’s very possible that the Jackpot winner lives in the area of New Berlin. This very small place is located about 14 miles southwest of Milwaukee where about 40.000 people live. For one of them live will never be the same. He or she hasn’t claimed the big prize yet, Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin told the press during a special news conference.
180 days to claim the prize
Residents about New Berlin are obviously very excited about the big win. There’s a new multi-millionaire among them, but who is it? The secret identity will be known from the moment the winner claims his or her prize. The days to this are limited, namely 180. After 180 days the ticket becomes worthless.
More millionaires in Wisconsin
The Jackpot winner is not the only lottery millionaire coming from Wisconsin. On March 22, 2017 another resident from Milwaukee won 156.2 million dollars in the Powerball Lottery. Perhaps he or she can give the new millionaire some tips! The winners definitely had luck at their side, since the chances of having five matching white balls and one single Powerball is 1:292.2 million. The big win has proven that it can happen though. The lucky numbers this time were 16, 20, 37, 44 and 62 with Powerball number 12.
A dream comes true
A million or even billion-dollar Jackpot can make every dream come true, David Barden said in a statement. He’s the New Mexico Lottery CEO and Powerball Product Group Chairman and obviously very excited about the big win. Dreams come true not just for the winner, but for all beneficiaries of the lottery and the state of Wisconsin, Barden said.