1 ticket wins $254.2 million in Powerball

Posted: November 03, 2011

Powerball's biggest jackpot in 18 months - $254.2 million - was up for grabs Wednesday night.

It was won by a single ticket sold in Connecticut that matched all the numbers drawn: 12, 14, 34, 39 and 46, with a Powerball of 36.

The cash prize, about $150 million, was the biggest in five years.

Just missing, by failing to match only the Powerball, were tickets in a dozen states. One in Arizona is worth $1 million for matching five numbers while having the Power Play multiplier option. Winning $200,000 were four Florida tickets, three each in New York and Illinois, two in Ohio, and one each in Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.

The jackpot goes back to $20 million for Saturday night's drawing.

It's still the biggest jackpot around, however, because Mega Millions rebooted Tuesday night, after a single ticket purchased in Paso Robles, Calif., matched all the numbers drawn: 27, 31, 39, 40 and 46, with a Mega Ball of 36.

The annuity jackpot was worth $78 million.

A Texas ticket won $1 million by matching the first five numbers, while having the Megaplier multiplier option. Also matching five were two tickets sold in Ohio, another two in Kentucky, and one each in New York and Arizona. Each won at least $250,000.

The same night, a Philadelphia ticket hit for $225,000 in the Pennsylvania Lottery's Cash 5 drawing. Sold at the Adams Beer Distributor at Adams and Howland Streets in the city's Crescentville section, it matched all five of the numbers: 5, 9, 35, 36 and 41.

A $475,000 Cash 5 jackpot was hit Sunday in Wilkes-Barre. The place of purchase was a Mini Mart at 94 S. Pennsylvania Ave. The ticket was the only one in the state with all the numbers: 4, 6, 20, 23 and 30.

For more on lotteries, go to www.palottery.com, www.njlottery.net or www.philly.com/philly/news/lottery.

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

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