Powerball rolls to $293 Million; Big Winners in Lancaster, Lehigh Counties

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Middletown, PA – Before the Powerball® jackpot rolled to a $293 million annuity value for Wednesday, November 16, a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million from the Saturday, November 12, drawing was sold at Sunoco, 529 W. Main St., Ephrata, Lancaster County.

The ticket correctly matched all five white balls drawn, 08-17-20-27-52, but not the red Powerball 24, to win $1 million, less applicable tax withholding. The store earns a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Also in the November 12 drawing, a Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball® with Power Play® ticket worth $100,000 was sold at Wawa, 1501 W. Gordon St., Allentown, Lehigh County.

That ticket correctly matched four of the five white balls drawn, 08-17-20-27-52, and matched the red Powerball 24, to win $100,000, less applicable tax withholding. It was sold with the $1 Power Play® option, which boosted the prize to $100,000 instead of $50,000 because Saturday’s multiplier was two.

Prizes must be claimed and tickets validated before winners can be identified. Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

The Lottery encourages the holder of a winning ticket to sign the back of the ticket, call the Lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County, or at any of Lottery’s seven area offices.

Claims may be filed at headquarters Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at area offices.

More than 50,900 Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball tickets won prizes of various amounts in the November 12 drawing, including 10,850 tickets purchased with the Power Play option that multiplied their prizes by two.

Players should check every ticket, every time, and immediately sign winning tickets. Lower-tier prizes may be claimed at a Lottery retailer.

The Powerball jackpot rolled to an estimated annuity value of $293 million, or $185 million cash, for the Wednesday, November 16, drawing.

In the 2015-16 fiscal year, in addition to awarding more than $78 million in prizes to Lancaster County winners, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed more than $32.9 million to programs serving the county’s older residents. In Lehigh County, in addition to awarding more than $58.2 million in prizes to winners, the Pennsylvania Lottery contributed more than $27.5 million to programs serving the county’s older residents.

 How to play Powerball: Players pay $2 and select five white balls from the first set of 69 numbers plus a single red ball, the Powerball, from a second set of 26 numbers. Players may select their own numbers using a Powerball playslip, or they may opt for computer-selected quick picks. Players must match all five numbers drawn plus the Powerball number to win the jackpot. There also are eight additional ways for players to win a cash prize.

Purchasing the $1 Power Play option allows a winner to increase lower-tier prizes by a factor of 2, 3, 4 or 5, depending on the Power Play number drawn. A 10X multiplier will be available for the Match 4+1 prize and lower prize tiers when the jackpot is at or below $150 million, or when announced. The jackpot and the Match 5 prize are not multiplied. The Match 5 prize with the Power Play option is worth $2 million. It is $1 million without Power Play.

Powerball is sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In Pennsylvania, tickets are sold until 9:59 p.m. on drawing nights, Wednesday and Saturday.