$559 Million Powerball Jackpot Claimed & Iowa Has New Millionaire
Someone's family is set for life. Extended family. Heck, they can take care of everyone they've ever met.
A single winning ticket with the numbers 12, 29, 30, 33 and 61, with a Powerball number of 26 claimed Saturday night's $559 million Powerball jackpot. The winning ticket was sold in Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack, New Hampshire. The odds of winning Powerball are one in 292.2 million.
It was a year ago this month that the biggest Powerball jackpot in history was claimed... $1.6 billion. Three different winners split that jackpot.
An Iowa man is $1 million richer after cashing in after buying a Powerball ticket for last Saturday's drawing in Colfax. George Dickerson matched all five numbers for that drawing, but not the Powerball.
Dickerson had a bad run of luck but knew he'd get things turned around.
Dickerson told the Iowa Lottery,
In 2010, we had a flood. We lost almost everything we had in the flood from our Dickerson Mechanical business. Ever since then, I've told all our friends, 'I'm going to hit the lotto. I don't know when I'm going to do it, but you'd just better believe me, I'm going to hit it.'
Then a friend called him a week ago this morning with the news that someone from Colfax had won a million bucks. Dickerson knew right away it had to be him:
I just thought that you have to have luck in life. We were really almost going to have to go broke. We sat up in bed one night and said, 'We're not going to do this to people. We wouldn't like it if somebody did that to us and we're going to fight through it.'
Friday night, the Mega Millions jackpot was also claimed when a single ticket was sold for the $450 million jackpot. That ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey, Florida. Those winning numbers were 28, 30, 39, 59, 70 and the Mega Millions ball was 10.
It has been nearly six years since Mega Millions reached its highest level ever. That was $656 in March of 2012. Three winners split that windfall.
The Mega Millions jackpot will start over, at $40 million for Tuesday's drawing while the Powerball jackpot will also be $40 million, for Wednesday's drawing. In other words, most of us will ignore it again.