Aug 9, 2013

Powerball August 7 2013

Powerball August 7 2013, At least three people in two states including New Jersey have beaten astronomical odds to become the nation's latest Powerball millionaires.

The fourth largest jackpot in lottery history was up for grabs Wednesday night as the estimated Powerball jackpot ballooned to $448 million.

Sue Dooley, senior drawing manager production coordinator for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said late Wednesday night that three tickets matched the winning numbers and will split the lottery's latest massive jackpot.

The winning numbers for Wednesday, August 7, 2013, are: 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and the Powerball 32.

A spokeswoman for the New Jersey Lottery said that one of the multimillion-dollar tickets was purchased at a Super Stop & Shop store in South Brunswick and the other ticket was purchased at an Acme Markets store in Little Egg Harbor.

A third ticket was sold in Anoka County, Minnesota which includes the city of Anoka and other suburbs north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota Lottery spokeswoman Debbie Hoffmann said. The exact location wasn't revealed.

Wednesday night's drawing was the result of no weekend winner when the jackpot stood at roughly $400 million.

The midweek jackpot remained below the record $590.5 million jackpot won in May by an 84-year-old Florida woman. It is the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever.

The changes Powerball organizers made to the game last year are coming to roost in the billowing jackpots, with Wednesday's pushing into record territory less than three months after Gloria C. Mackenzie of Zephyrhills, Fla., claimed the biggest Powerball prize ever.

Powerball tickets doubled in price to $2 in January 2012 as part of a plan to help jackpots grow bigger, faster. And when the jackpots reach astronomical levels, ticket sales take off, with jackpots following close behind.

No matter how many people play the game, the odds of matching all six numbers remains 1 in 175.2 million.

Half of the $2 cost of a Powerball ticket goes toward the prizes, the rest to the state lottery organization.

Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Each state that participates in the game decides how to use the money. Some states earmark the money for a specific purpose, such as education, while others use it in their general funds.