Winning Powerball Numbers For Wednesday Dec 20: $269M Jackpot
The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday, December 20, 2017, is estimated at $269 million. Do you have the winning ticket?
Deb Belt , Patch Staff
Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot continues the prize’s climb above the quarter-of-a-billion-dollars mark: $269 million. The cash payout will be roughly $171.3 million for the lucky winner. What time is the Powerball drawing? Numbers are drawn every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time.
The winning Powerball numbers for Wednesday, Dec. 20, are 01, 20, 61, 64, 69 and the Powerball of 20.
Powerball tickets cost $2 each, and are sold at over 4,800 Maryland Lottery retailers. Find out where you can buy your Powerball tickets here, via the Maryland Lottery.
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 record in the game was a $1.6 billion drawing in January 2016, which was shared by three winners in Florida, Tennessee and California; that was followed by the Aug. 23, 2017, win of $758 million, the second largest Powerball jackpot in the game’s history.
The largest three Powerball jackpots ever are:
- $1.6 Billion — January 2016
- $758 Million — August 2017
- $590.5 Million — February 2013
The January 2016 record Powerball jackpot was worth nearly $1.6 billion. But Americans will still drop by the nearest convenience store with dreams of cash and buy a ticket. 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. In the summer of 2016, a New Hampshire player won a $478 million prize; the June 10 win of $447 million was the eighth largest jackpot in the game’s history.
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 125 TV stations nationwide. It may also be available on cable or your mobile device. Where to watch the Powerball drawing on TV.Drawing shows are also posted to Powerball.com under the video section and to YouTube.
Claiming, Safeguarding Winnings
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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Meet the latest winners from your favorite lottery games. Remember, it only takes one ticket to win!
Dorothy Coffey / $50,000
Dorothy Coffey of Oliver Springs won $50,000 playing Powerball from the Tennessee Lottery. Coffey matched four white balls and the red Powerball in the April 8, 2020 drawing. She bought her winning ticket at Lucky’s Express Market on East Tri-County Blvd. in Oliver Springs, Tennessee.
Stephen Piechocinski / $1,000,000
Stephen Piechocinski of St. Louis is a frequent Powerball player with a morning routine of buying a ticket at his local convenience store on the way to work. As luck would have it, the morning Piechocinski’s routine was shaken up was the very day he would buy a ticket worth $1 million.
Shane Saxen / $1,000,000
CLIVE, Iowa — A northwest Iowa man bought a Powerball ticket at a time he normally wouldn’t and ended up winning a $1 million prize.
Holly Ridge 6 / $150,000
RALEIGH – Every week, six friends from Holly Ridge in Onslow County meet up at Dale’s Pub to try their luck in Powerball. Their dedication paid off on Feb. 5 with a $150,000 win.
They like to call themselves the Dale’s Pub Lottery Group.
Cristy Davis / $70 Million
LANSING, Mich., June 17, 2020 – A stop for Michigan Lottery tickets at her favorite party store led to a Waterford woman winning a $70 million Powerball jackpot.
Cristy Davis, 40, matched all of the winning numbers – 14-47-54-55-68 and the Powerball 25 – in the Feb. 12 drawing. She bought the winning ticket at the Huron Plaza Liquor, located at 694 West Huron Street in Pontiac.
Tom Vilsack / $150,000
CLIVE, Iowa — Of the many titles Tom Vilsack has had in his life, including mayor, state senator, Iowa governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, he now has another he admits he never expected: big Powerball winner.
Vilsack claimed a $150,000 Powerball prize Monday at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive.
Barb Brown / $100,000
LANSING, Mich. – Beginner’s luck helped a Macomb County woman win a $100,000 Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery.
Barb Brown, of Clinton Township, matched four of the white balls and the Powerball – 09-12-15-31-60 PB: 02 – in the Jan. 29 drawing to win a $50,000 prize. Thanks to the Powerplay, her prize was multiplied by two for a $100,000 prize. She bought her winning ticket online at MichiganLottery.com.
Lisa Spears / $50,000
Lisa Spears of Lovington won $50,000 playing Powerball from the New Mexico Lottery. Spears matched four white balls and the red Powerball in the January 4, 2020 drawing. She bought her winning ticket at Stripes #125 on North Main Street in Lovington, New Mexico.
Melanie Wright / $50,000
Baltimore, Md. – Melanie Wright of Baltimore left Maryland Lottery headquarters a happy woman after claiming a $50,000 third-tier prize from the Jan 29 Powerball drawing.
A veteran Lottery player, Melanie has tried her luck with Powerball, Mega Millions, Multi-Match, Pick 3 and Pick 4 for 20 years. Previously, the city resident had won only small amounts from the various drawings. The $6 quick-pick ticket she bought for this drawing delivered a far different outcome.
Vacation Life LLC / $396.9 Million
TALLAHASSEE (March 10, 2020) – The Florida Lottery announces that Sheryll Goedert, 61, of Ocala, managing member of Vacation Life LLC, claimed the $396.9 million jackpot from the POWERBALL® drawing held on January 29, 2020. The Vacation Life LLC chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $276,558,034.09.
All winning tickets must be redeemed in the state/jurisdiction in which they are sold.
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