Winning Ticket from Florida for Powerball Jackpot; Winner Listed on Powerball Site; Missouri Has a $1 Million Winner

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Winning Ticket from Florida for Powerball Jackpot; Winner Listed on Powerball Site; Missouri Has a $1 Million Winner


DES MOINES, Iowa * It was all about the odds.

With the majority of possible combinations of Powerball numbers in play, someone was almost sure to win the game's highest jackpot during Saturday night's drawing, a windfall of hundreds of millions of dollars from the winning numbers of 10, 13, 14, 22, 52 and Powerball of 11.

And according to the Powerball website, someone did. There had been no official announcement early Sunday, but the site listed a winning number in Florida, along with $2 million winners in New York and South Carolina. There are $1 million winners in 17 states listed, including Missouri.

The chances of winning the estimated $600 million prize were astronomically low: 1 in 175.2 million. That's how many different ways you can combine the numbers when you play. But lottery officials estimate about 80 percent of those possible combinations were purchased.

"This would be the roll to get in on," Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said early Saturday. "Of course there's no guarantee, and that's the randomness of it, and the fun of it."

That didn't deter people across Powerball-playing states 43 plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands from lining up at gas stations and convenience stores Saturday for their chance at striking it filthy rich. …

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