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Tennessee resident snatches $144.000.000 Powerball jackpot

One Powerball player probably spent a sleepless night after the Wednesday’s drawing and for a good reason – he or she just became $144.100.000 richer. After this amazing victory for a resident of Antioch in Tennessee, the jackpot has been reset to $40.000.000. You could win that prize on Saturday night, so choose your lucky numbers and play now!

The numbers drawn on November 4th were 2, 12, 17, 20 and 65 plus the Power Ball number 17. They were all matched by a sole winner from Antioch, but Wednesday proved to be a fruitful night for around 660.000 players who managed to scoop prizes of smaller value. The luckiest of the bunch was a Wyoming resident who became $1.000.000 richer after matching all the winning numbers, except for the Power Ball number. The sum of all non-jackpot prizes won that night amounts to $7.013.006.

This is the first Powerball jackpot won after new format changes came to pass on October 7th. The field of main numbers had been expended from 1-59 to 1-69, while the numbers for the Power Ball have shifted from 1-35 to 1-26. This change also resulted in new odds of winning the prize, improving player’s chances of winning those of smaller value, but making it more difficult to scoop the jackpot. The format change also opened the door to a chance of winning larger jackpots, but we’re yet to see if any new records are set in months to come.

This is the fourth time that the Powerball jackpot has gone to Tennessee. The largest one was won by a former monk Roy Cockrum from Knoxville on June 11th 2014. It was worth $259.800.000 and Mr Cockrum used some of it to start the Roy Cockrum Foundation, which is dedicated to helping non-profit theatres around the country.

As a jackpot winner, you could also help out your local community. Play Mega Millions and start your own charity with $159.000.000!

 

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