Powerball 2/18/17 winning numbers, live lottery results for Saturday's $349M drawing

The 18th largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history on Saturday night is worth $349 million with a cash option of $211.3 million.

The drawing will be held at Florida Lottery's headquarters in Tallahassee at 10:59 p.m. It will be televised on WABC-7 in the the New York City area and WPVI-6 near Philadelphia. Teroes.com will post the winning numbers immediately following the drawing.

While no one won the jackpot on Wednesday, five second-prize tickets worth $1 million each were sold, including one in New Jersey at the Stop & Shop in Tenafly. Others were sold in New York, California, Florida and Georgia.

There have already been three $1 million Powerball tickets sold in the state this year. Others were bought in Oakhurst for the Feb. 4 drawing and in Woodbridge for the Jan. 28 drawing. There has also been a $1 Mega Millions ticket sold in Sussex Borough. 

Wednesday's winning numbers were 5, 28, 33, 38 and 42. The Powerball was 19.

No one has hit the jackpot in more than two months. On Dec. 17, a Pennsylvania couple who bought a ticket in Delaware won a $121.6 million drawing. They chose to remain anonymous, as Delaware is one of six states which doesn't require lottery winners to be publicly identified.

Last year ended with seven Powerball jackpots being won, down from 12 in 2015.

One of those was the record $1.58 billion prize shared by winners in Tennessee, California and Florida on Jan. 13, 2016. Another was a $429.6 million windfall shared by a Trenton woman and her seven adult children on May 7.

The odds of a $2 ticket hitting the jackpot are 292,201,338 to 1. A players who buys a $2 ticket has approximately a 1 in 11,688,053 chance to match five numbers but not the Powerball.

Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.




$1M Powerball ticket sold in Carroll County, jackpot grows

Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold in Carroll County in advance of Saturday's drawing.

Nobody won the $361 million jackpot Saturday night, however someone matched all five numbers — 3, 7, 9, 31 and 33 — on a ticket sold at the High's store on Liberty Road in Sykesville.

No tickets matched all five plus the Powerball, meaning the jackpot rolls over to an estimated $403 million for Wednesday's drawing.

"Winners should sign the backs of their tickets and keep them someplace safe," the state lottery said in a statement. "The winners must claim the prizes at Lottery headquarters at 1800 Washington Blvd. in Baltimore within 182 days of the drawing date. Maryland Lottery prize winners have the option to remain anonymous."

The store owner will receive a $2,500 bonus from the Maryland Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Some similar second-tier winners in other states utilized the $1 Power Play option on their tickets and will win $2 million, the state lottery said.

Aside from the big winner in Carroll County, the lottery is on the lookout for winning tickets coming in from a November drawing. A $1 million Powerball winner from the Nov. 23, 2016 drawing has yet to come forward after purchasing the ticket at a 7-Eleven in Ocean City. The winner has until May 23 to claim the prize, the lottery said.

Also Saturday, a Bonus Match 5 player won the $50,000 top prize on a ticket purchased at the Cut Rate Liquors store on North Point Boulevard in Dundalk, according to Maryland Lottery.


$1M Powerball Ticket Sold in Maryland: Check the Winning Numbers

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Check your tickets, Marylanders. One lucky Powerball player in the state is waking up Sunday as the latest million-dollar lottery winner!

There was no jackpot winner in Saturday's Powerball drawing, but one ticket sold in Maryland matched the five regular numbers — just shy of the six needed for the $349 million prize. The Maryland Lottery says the $1 million winning ticket was sold at a Sykesville convenience store.

The winning Powerball numbers for Feb. 18 were 09, 03, 33, 07, 31 plus the Powerball of 20.

Tickets with the five regular numbers win $1 million. Six tickets were sold nationwide that are worth a million bucks: in Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

With no big winner Saturday, the next drawing on Wednesday, Feb. 22, will be worth at least $403 million, with a cash option of $249 million.

The Powerball game is played by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball number. The odds of picking the correct Powerball grand prize numbers are one in 292,201,338.

The jackpot is still tiny when compared with January's record Powerball jackpot, which was worth nearly $1.6 billion. But it's enough to make Americans drop by the nearest convenience store with dreams of cash.

The billion-dollar-plus prize won in the Jan. 13, 2016, drawing was the largest lotto jackpot awarded in U.S. history and was split by three winners. And earlier this summer, a New Hampshire player won a $478 million prize.

If you still want to take a chance — someone has to win, right? — you have a better chance of hitting the jackpot if you let the computer pick your numbers. The Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates the Powerball game, says about 75 percent of winning tickets are selected when the numbers are chosen by a computer.

The lottery game is played in 44 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball draws can be seen on hundreds of TV stations nationwide. It may also be available on cable or your mobile device. The draws are also posted on YouTube and on our site. Where to watch the Powerball drawing on TV.

So, what should you do if you win the big prize? Many lottery winners hire an attorney, financial planner or both, since most people don’t exactly know what to do when they suddenly come into so much money. Some even bring their lawyer with them to claim their prize. The lottery does not offer any counseling services or advice for winners.

You have two choices when you claim your prize: the full value paid in 30 installments over 29 years, or a one-time lump sum that is smaller than the actual total.

Then there are the taxes. The federal tax on lottery winnings is 25 percent. Then, any extra income taxes like state or city would apply.

Financial experts say that if you can get more than a 3 or 4 percent return on an investment, the lump sum is actually the best way to go in the long-term.

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