Powerball is the biggest lottery in the US. Despite a billion dollar MegaMillions jackpot that just passed a few days ago, Powerball is still the biggest. With players participating from 44 states, Powerball offers its players a minimum jackpot of $40 million. The jackpot can roll over to turn into a billion dollar jackpot, which it has in the past. Players have to match six numbers to hit the jackpot. Their first five balls must have any number from 1 to 69 whereas the last one, which is the Powerball, can be anything from 26 choices. Of course, with a jackpot that’s starting at $40, every win is an unbelievable and life changing win for any Powerball winners.
Let’s take a look at some of the recent winners who have discovered the true meaning of the word “life-changing”.
The Recent Powerball Winners Whose Lives Have Completely Changed
The Splitters of $687 Million
Talk about huge jackpots and Powerball will never disappoint you. It was the Saturday draw that took place on October 27, 2018 that had a jackpot of $687 million on the line. Luckily, there were two people who were going to be the next multi-millionaires of the US. The two lottery winners were able to match these numbers: 8, 12, 13, 19, 27 – (4). There was also a 3x Power Play in action at this draw. After splitting the jackpot in half, each player is now the owner of nearly $344 million. When the players choose to take the money in the lump sum format, each of the winners will receive a little more than $198 million.
The beauty of the US Powerball, and the reason that makes it one of the best and most popular lotteries in the world is that it rewards even the secondary players big time. So, there were thirteen more people who were going to claim $1 million that evening. These are the players in the second prize winning category and missed the jackpot by only one ball, and that was the Powerball. But that’s not all from this drawing. Even the third tier winners were quite lucky that evening as each player in that category took home a whopping $50,000. There were 155 people who won $50,000 on this Saturday draw.
Just when you thought the party was over, you realized it wasn’t. As mentioned above, there was a 3x Power Play in action at that drawing. There were two players who got lucky by picking the Power Play that day. They each took home a whopping $2 million. In short, you had two more millionaires added to the population of the US on October 27. People who matched only four balls but also had the Power Play also took home a life changing $150,000. There were 35 people in this category as well.
The Lucky Man Who Won $245 Million
The Powerball draw on August 11, 2018 (Saturday) made a lot of people millionaires in the US. The lucky numbers at this draw were 43, 56, 62, 68, 5 – 24 (Powerball). In addition to that, there was also a 2x Power Play for people to boost their secondary winnings. The Powerball jackpot on this particular day had been rolling over since June 3, 2018. So, it had been more than two months now, but there was one American who would not have hated the wait after all. This winner was from Staten Island, and luckily, he was the only person to hit the jackpot that day.
The entire $245 million belonged to him now. The lucky winner’s name is Mangal. After knowing that he had won so much money, the first thing the winner wanted to do was to jet-set to Hawaii. The lucky man said he had a special love for water and sand, and he thought Hawaii would be the perfect place for him to spend a few days with the newfound money. Other than the plan to visit Hawaii, Mangal does not have any idea what he will do with the money. According to him, it was too much money for him to decide what he wanted to do with it.
He had another confession before receiving the money. He thought he was going to faint after seeing the money in real. In addition to his win, some other people turned millionaires on that day too. The person in the second prize category matched five numbers without the Power Play won $1 million too. There was only one person in this particular category. Another huge win came for the person who not just matched the five numbers to win the second prize, but had also paid for the Power Play. Their little extra investment could not have gotten luckier than this. It won this person $2 million.
The person winning the million will have to pay the taxes, and so they won’t really be a millionaire after that. However, the person winning the $2 million with the Power Play is a true millionaire. Another person with a Power Play was lucky enough to $100,000 by matching only the four numbers and the Powerball. In the main winning category without the Power Play, there were 13 people who matched four balls plus the Power Play. These 13 people were going to get $50,000 richer after the August 11 draw.
A Lesson to Learn
A lot of people who are participating in a lottery for the first time are doubtful about the quick pick option. They wonder if quick pick ever wins any one anything. It is a lesson for these people because Mangal, who won the whopping $245 million jackpot, picked his numbers with the quick pick option. So, the computer generated the numbers for him randomly, and these random numbers that meant nothing to him now meant $245 million. If you are someone considering participating in Powerball for the first time, do not think too much before picking your numbers. If you can’t decide what numbers to pick, just go with the quick pick option like Mangal did.