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Powerball Results, Numbers for 10/17/20: Did Anyone Win the $82 Million?

The winning numbers in Saturday evening’s drawing of the Powerball were 6, 10, 31, 37, and 44. The Powerball was 23 and the Power Play was X2.

No one has claimed the $82 million jackpot for the October 17 draw, according to the Powerball website. As a result, the prize money will now roll over to the next drawing on Thursday, October 22. The estimated jackpot then will be $91 million (with a cash value of $72 million).

Even though no players scooped the jackpot in Saturday night’s draw, there were some big winners.

A player in Puerto Rico correctly matched five white balls to win a $2 million prize, thanks to a Power Play purchase.

Meanwhile, five other players matched four white balls and the Powerball correctly to win $50,000 prizes. Five others doubled their prize money to $100,000 with a Power Play purchase on top.

The Powerball jackpot was reset to $20 million a month ago after a player in New York scooped the $94 million jackpot in the September 16 draw. The winning ticket was sold at Minogue’s Beverage located at 2421 Route 9 in Ballston Spa, according to the Powerball website.

Before then, the jackpot hadn’t been won since August 12, when one lucky player in Florida matched all five white balls and the Powerball to scoop a massive $169 million payout.

The Powerball jackpot was also won twice in June. One winner, Thomas Cook, split his $22 million prize with his best friend Joseph Feeney. The pair from Wisconsin shook hands in 1992, agreeing that they would split their winnings if either one ever won the Powerball jackpot, no matter no bought the ticket.

Earlier in the month, a player in West Virginia scooped a $136 million jackpot.

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How do you play Powerball?

Powerball is a hugely popular multi-state lottery that is available to play in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings usually take place twice a week on a Wednesday and Saturday night, at 10:59 p.m. ET. Each draw is broadcast live from the lottery studio in Tallahassee, Florida.

Each ticket costs $2 per play, with players selecting five numbers from 1 to 69, in addition to one red Powerball number from 1 to 26. In certain circumstances, players can also multiply non-jackpot prizes by using the Power Play option for an additional $1.

Why is the Powerball so low?

Powerball slashed its minimum payout in half from $40 million to $20 million with minimum roll increased of $2 million between drawings back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic leading to reduced sales, according to lottery officials.

The winning numbers in Saturday evening’s drawing of the Powerball were 6, 10, 31, 37, and 44. The Powerball was 23 and the Power Play was X2.

Powerball lottery: Did you win Saturday’s $82M Powerball drawing? Winning numbers, live results (10/17/2020)

The jackpot for the Powerball drawing on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 is worth an estimated $82 million. Powerball.com

The Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s lottery drawing has jumped to an estimated $82 million with a cash option of $64.2 million.

The winning numbers were: 06, 10, 31, 37, 44. Powerball: 23, Power Play: 2x.

No one across the country hit Wednesday’s $72 million million jackpot. There were also no second-prize, $1 million ticket sold.

In New Jersey, the largest prize won by a single ticket on Wednesday was $200, state lottery officials said.

Wednesday’s winning numbers were: 21, 37, 52, 53, and 58. The Powerball drawn was 5 with a Megaplier of 2x.

The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are 292,201,388 to 1. A player who buys a $2 ticket has about a 1 in 11,688,053 chance to match five numbers and win at least $1 million, while the odds are 913,129 to 1 of winning the third prize of at least $50,000.

Powerball is played on Wednesday and Saturday in 45 states, Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The New Jersey Lottery office in Lawrence reopened last month by appointment only. You can still claim your winnings — provided they’re less than $599.50 — in person at any retailer.

Winning lottery tickets, which had previously been granted a claim extension due to the coronavirus and are more than a year old, will now expire on Monday, Nov. 16.

The lottery is also accepting mailed claims, though officials warn payments might be temporarily delayed. Winners are advised to make copies of the claim form and the winning ticket for their records.

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