California Powerball Ticket Hits Second-Largest Jackpot in History

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The Powerball lottery has once again proven its allure as a lucky ticket holder in California has become the latest millionaire, bagging an impressive $1.77 billion prize. This monumental win, which occurred on Monday, marks the second-largest jackpot ever secured in Powerball’s storied history and the fourth time the grand prize has reached a staggering ten digits – a feat realized for the second time this year.

After a prolonged period without a winner, the highly anticipated jackpot finally met its match. The Golden State has once again etched its name in the Powerball record books as the victorious ticket bore all the numbers that were drawn.

Just last week, the Powerball jackpot reset following its monumental billion-dollar giveaway. From Wednesday through Saturday, it steadily climbed, reaching a noteworthy $70 million. All eyes were on the latest drawing to see if fortune would once again favor the hopeful Powerball players.

Powerball Winning Numbers for Monday, October 23, 2023

california powerball ticket hits second-largest jackpot in history
California Powerball Ticket Hits Second-Largest Jackpot In History

The anticipation surrounding Monday’s Powerball drawing has reached its climax as the winning numbers have been revealed:

  • 18
  • 21
  • 25
  • 46
  • 64
  • Powerball: 21

Adding to the excitement, the Power Play multiplier for this draw is 5x, potentially magnifying the secondary prizes for those who purchased this option.

How to Play Powerball

For those unfamiliar with the Powerball, it is a lottery game that costs $2 per ticket and is available in nearly every US state, with the exceptions being Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. Additionally, residents of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands can also participate.

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To join the fray, players must select five numbers from the range of 1 to 69, along with an additional ‘Powerball’ number ranging from 1 to 26. To claim the grand jackpot, all six numbers chosen must perfectly align with those drawn. This high-stakes prize escalates with each drawing until a fortunate player secures it.

Winners of the jackpot are presented with two options for their winnings. They can choose to receive the prize money in 30 installments over 29 years (the annuity option) or as a lump sum (the cash option), albeit at a reduced amount that is approximately half of the original jackpot total. All winnings are subject to pre-tax deductions.

Smaller, but still significant, prizes are also awarded for guessing some, but not all, of the winning numbers.

All Powerball Prizes and Odds

Powerball boasts a range of prizes, each with varying odds of being claimed:

  • Five numbers + Powerball: Jackpot (1 in 292,201,338)
  • Five numbers: $1 million (1 in 11,688,053.52)
  • Four numbers + Powerball: $50,000 (1 in 913,129.18)
  • Four numbers: $100 (1 in 36,525.17)
  • Three numbers + Powerball: $100 (1 in 14,494.11)
  • Three numbers: $7 (1 in 579.76)
  • Two numbers + Powerball: $7 (1 in 701.33)
  • One number + Powerball: $4 (1 in 91.98)
  • Powerball: $4 (1 in 38.32)

When Are Powerball Draws Held?

Powerball enthusiasts have the opportunity to participate in the excitement three times a week. The draws occur at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) / 7:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, providing numerous chances to strike it rich.

Power Play and Double Play Options

For those seeking an extra layer of excitement, the Power Play option is available for an additional $1. This feature multiplies winnings by two, three, four, five, or even ten, depending on the multiplier drawn before the main lottery. It’s essential to note that Power Play does not apply to the jackpot prize and the multiplier for the $1 million second prize never exceeds two.

Furthermore, for an additional $1, residents in specific regions of the US can participate in the Double Play, offering a shot at a second drawing with a maximum jackpot of $10 million.

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The Powerball continues to captivate players with the promise of life-changing winnings, making it one of the most popular lotteries across the United States. As excitement and hope continue to build, players across the country eagerly await the next drawing, dreaming of their opportunity to join the ranks of Powerball’s millionaires.