Winning ticket for $478 million Powerball jackpot sold in New Hampshire

Powerball jackpot swells to $478M
Powerball jackpot swells to $478M

A ticket sold in New Hampshire matched the winning numbers for Saturday's $478 million Powerball draw, a lottery official told Reuters.

The winning numbers - 11, 17, 21, 23, 32, and Powerball number 5 - were draw at 11 p.m. EDT on Saturday. There was no immediate announcement of other winning tickets.

In some past drawings, the jackpot has been split between multiple tickets with matching numbers.

It was the fifth largest jackpot in the game's history and the eighth-biggest lottery prize ever in the United States.

The California Lottery tweeted that three tickets sold in the state had matched five numbers but were missing the Powerball number. Those tickets were sold in Long Beach, Capitola and Sunnyvale.

It was 24th drawing since a ticket last won the jackpot on May 7 with all six matching numbers.

The Powerball game is based on lottery tickets sold for $2 apiece. It is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

If a single ticket wins, it will be worth the winner's choice of $478 million spread over 30 years or $330.6 million in a lump-sum payment, before federal taxes.

A $429.6 million winning Powerball ticket was sold in New Jersey, and two weeks after a $540 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot was clinched in Indiana.

The largest lottery prize offered in North America was a Powerball jackpot worth nearly $1.6 billion for winning tickets sold in California, Tennessee and Florida in January.

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