​Powerball Jackpot Saturday Soars To $253 Lottery

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August 10, 2012

There were no Powerball Jackpot lottery winners on Aug. 8, which means $253 million is ready for Saturday’s drawing. The odds of winning this lottery are 1 in 175,223,510, and the odds of claiming any prize are 1 in 31.85.

$253 Million Powerball Jackpot

However, 14 ticketholders — including one in Michigan — matched 5 numbers, winning $1 million each.

The other tickets were purchased in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and the District of Columbia.

One player in Florida used Power Play and won $2 million.

The winning numbers: 3-7-11-15-28

The Powerball number: 12

According to the Powerball website, “Powerball is a combined large jackpot game and a cash game. Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time, we draw five white balls out of a drum with 59 balls and one red ball out of a drum with 35 red balls. Draw sales cut off at least 59 minutes before the draw.”

The jackpot is won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball. Each ticket costs $2.

The second prize (won by matching five white balls in any order) is $1 million.