1 ticket wins $228.9 million in Powerball

Posted: August 11, 2011

A ticket sold in Willow Grove came close, but someone in Minnesota won the biggest Powerball jackpot in more than a year.

The winner matched all the numbers drawn last night - 11, 18, 36, 41 and 46, with a Powerball of 38 - to capture an annuity worth $228.9 million, or about $124 million cash.

Less taxes, of course.

A Missouri ticket won $1 million for matching the first five numbers, but not the Powerball, while having the Power Play multiplier option.

Eleven other tickets won $200,000 by missing only the Powerball, while not having the Power Play.

One was sold in Montgomery County, at Best Check & Cash at 409 W. Moreland Rd. in Willow Grove.

Florida and Missouri each had two such winners, while with one apiece were Virginia, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

Powerball starts over at $20 million for Saturday's drawing, but that's still the biggest jackpot around. After Mega Millions' $99 million top prize was hit Friday in Ohio, the game rebooted to $12 million, then rose to $16 million Tuesday night for Friday night's drawing.

A smarter play, though, seems to be tonight's $9.8 million jackpot for New Jersey's Pick 6. The jackpot's nearly as big, but the odds are considerably more favorable - "only" about 1 in about 14 million. The chances of hitting Mega Millions are 1 in 175 million, and Powerball is even more astronomical.

For more lottery info, go to www.philly.com/philly/news/lottery, www.powerball.com, www.megamillions.com, www.palottery.com or www.state.nj.us/lottery/home.shtml.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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