The hunt is on for the first person to win the Powerball jackpot since the game was revamped last month. A player, who bought their ticket for the drawing on Wednesday November 4 at Hobson Tobacco & Beer in Antioch, Tennessee, matched all five main numbers and the Powerball and is now due a payout of $144.1 million if they choose the annuity option when they come forward to claim their prize.
A number of Powerball changes were made after the drawing on Saturday October 3, including ten main balls being added to the matrix and nine Powerballs being removed. The adjustments increased playersâ€™ chances of winning a prize, but decreased their odds of hitting the jackpot from roughly one in 175 million to one in 292.2 million.
The jackpot had rolled over nine times since Julie Leach of Three Rivers, Michigan picked up the $310.5 million top prize in the drawing on September 30, opting to take the lump sum cash payout of $197.4 million, which worked out at around $140 million after taxes.
This weekâ€™s lucky Powerball winner is the fourth Tennessee Lottery player to hit the gameâ€™s jackpot, and will pick up the second biggest lottery win in the stateâ€™s history, behind the $259.8 million claimed by Roy Cockrum of Knoxville in June 2014. The store in which the ticket was purchased has already been awarded a $25,000 bonus at the lotteryâ€™s headquarters.
The winning numbers in the draw were 2, 12, 17, 20 and 65 with Powerball 17 and Tennessee Lottery spokeswoman Kym Gerlock advised the mystery ticket holder to â€œsign the back of the ticket, keep it in a secure location, consult with a financial advisor, and call the Lottery headquarters in Nashville before coming to claim the prize.”by
Updated November 6th, 2015