Mega Millions jackpot won by office pool, Powerball tops $200 million

Posted: March 15, 2013

The Powerball jackpot has jumped over the $200 million mark, after rising more than $100 million in two weeks.

Because no one hit all the numbers drawn Wednesday night - 5, 9, 28, 32 and 38, with a Powerball of 29 - Saturday's jackpot will be worth $216 million for the annuity, $132.8 million for the cash.

Winning $1 million, for missing only the Powerball, were tickets sold in New Hampshire, Kentucky, Florida and North Dakota.

If Powerball keeps rolling over, watch out.

In November, after reaching $214 million in November, it rose to $250 million, then $325 million, then skyrocketed to a Powerball record of $540 million.

In U.S. lottery history, only the March 30, 2012, Mega Millions jackpot was bigger - $656 million.

Fueling the prospects for lottery fever is a much smaller top prize for Mega Millions, Powerball's main rival.

A ticket sold at the Deli 4 Less in Westlake, Ohio, hit the $41 million jackpot on Tuesday night, and word came Wednesday that it was won by a pool of 14 members of the accounting department at a truck stop called Travel Centers of America.

They matched all the numbers: 9, 12, 19, 20 and 30, with a Mega Ball of 39.

As a result, the Mega Millions jackpot for Friday's drawing will reboot to $12 million.

Matching all but the Mega Ball were four tickets, sold in Maryland, New York, Louisiana and California.

For more on lotteries, go to www.philly.com/philly/news/lottery, www.powerball.com or www.megamillions.com.


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

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