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Winning ticket sold for $754.6 million Powerball jackpot

The game’s slim odds are designed to build big prizes that draw more players.

WASHINGTON — A lucky winner in Washington state will take home the ninth-largest jackpot in U.S. history — a Powerball prize worth more than $750 million. There were also five million-dollar winners in Michigan and New York, and a $2 million winner in Texas.

The Powerball jackpot had risen to $747 million ahead of the Monday night drawing, but final ticket sales pushed it to an estimated $754.6 million.

The winning ticket was purchased at a Fred Meyer in Auburn, Washington, lottery officials announced on Tuesday. Auburn is about 30 miles south of Seattle. The retailer which sold the winning ticket also gets a selling bonus of $50,000.

This is the first Powerball jackpot winner since Nov. 19, 2022. The jackpot has soared with each of the game's three weekly drawings.

The eye-popping prize comes on the heels of a $1.35 billion Mega Millions prize won by someone in Maine in January and a record $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot won by a California player last November.

The $754.6 million jackpot is for a winner who opts for an annuity paid over 29 years. Higher interest rates have allowed those annuity payments to increase compared with earlier jackpots, when rates were lower.

Most winners prefer cash, which for Monday night's drawing is estimated at $407.2 million.

The next drawing resets to a $20 million jackpot.

Powerball winning numbers for Feb. 6, 2023

The winning numbers for Monday, Feb. 6 are 5-11-22-23-69, Powerball 7, with a Power Play multiplier of 2.

Who won the Powerball jackpot?

According to the Washington Lottery, the Powerball winner has 180 days to claim their prize. 

What are my chances of winning the Powerball?

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

Over the past few years, huge lottery jackpots have become more common as lottery officials have changed the rules and ticket prices to boost top prizes.

Powerball's biggest change came in 2021 when officials decided to add a Monday drawing to its weekly lineup of Wednesday and Saturday evening drawings. At the time of the announcement, Powerball proclaimed the addition of the Monday drawing would lead to "larger, faster-growing jackpots."  

Powerball is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

What are the largest US lottery jackpots ever won?

  • $2.04 billion, Powerball, Nov. 8, 2022 (one ticket, from California)
  • $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
  • $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)
  • $1.35 billion Mega Millions, Jan. 13, 2023 (one ticket, from Maine)
  • $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)
  • $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)
  • $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)
  • $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)
  • $731.1 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)
  • $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 4, 2021 (one ticket, from California)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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