The odds of winning the lottery are small even if you’re only playing a daily numbers game. When it comes to snagging a really big jackpot, the odds are tiny. For example, the odds of matching all five numbers in the Powerball game are only one in 11,688,054. You have better odds of being struck by lightning (one in a million) or killed by a falling meteorite (one in 1.6 million) than you do of winning the lottery.
As tiny as the odds are, though, someone who bought a Powerball ticket in Scottsdale for the drawing held on January 30 beat those odds and picked up a huge prize.
The Winning Numbers
The Powerball game asks players to choose five main numbers plus a Powerball number. Matching all six numbers is almost impossible – the odds are one in 292,201,338.
When the numbers were drawn on the 30th, the winning combination was:
2 12 16 29 54
The Powerball number was 6, but the winning ticket did not match that number. The prize for matching all five main numbers without the Powerball number is a cool million dollars.
The winning ticket was purchased at the Grocery Station near 10810 E. Via Linda in Scottsdale.
You already know the odds of winning, but what else is there to know about Powerball? It’s one of only a few multi-state lottery games in the United States. Tickets are sold in 44 states – in fact, the only states not participating in Powerball are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, and Utah.
As Powerball has grown in size and popularity, the jackpots have grown with it. The largest Powerball jackpot ever won was a whopping $1.586 billion dollars. While some smaller jackpots may not be truly life-changing, there’s no question that a jackpot over a billion dollars would be.
Arizona Still Has Outstanding Lottery Tickets
The winner of the $1 million jackpot still has not come forward as of this writing. However, it’s not unusual for lottery winners to wait a little while to claim their prizes. Often, they do so to consult with family, an accountant, or an attorney to determine the best way to handle the money.
In Arizona, Powerball winners have up to 180 days after the drawing to claim their prize. The Powerball game allows winners to claim their prizes by mail. In some states, winners must appear in person to claim their money.
If you’re holding on to old lottery tickets, you should check to see if you have any for a drawing where the winner still has not come forward. The Arizona Lottery says it has the following prizes that have not yet been claimed:
- A Fantasy 5 Jackpot winner from January 24
- A $50,000 Powerball ticket from January 2
- A $10,000 Mega Millions ticket from January 4
- 7 winning tickets from 2018 also remain unclaimed
You can find the winning numbers online if you have tickets, or bring your ticket to the store where you bought it and ask them to check if it’s a winner.
Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, including Arizona, and the drawings are held twice weekly, on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 10:59 PM Eastern Time. The odds might be small, but many people play just for the fun of dreaming what it would be like to win a big jackpot. For one lucky person in Arizona, that dream came true.