The numbers drawn were 18, 22, 29, 54 and 57, with Powerball 8. More than 715,000 participants across the US bagged prizes, including two players who matched five numbers to receive $1 million each, but the night belonged to the big winner from Louisiana.
There was no immediate word on where the ticket was purchased, but the winner will now have 180 days to come forward and claim their prize. They will also have to decide whether to take the full jackpot amount as an annuity over 29 years, or a one-off lump sum. The cash option had been advertised at $119.4 million ahead of Wednesday’s draw.
The latest result carried on a stunning year for Powerball players throughout the country. The jackpot has now been won seven times in 2017, most famously on 23rd August when Mavis Wanczyk from Massachusetts pocketed $758.7 million to break Gloria MacKenzie’s record for the biggest win on a single ticket.
The Powerball jackpot will now revert to $40 million for Saturday night’s draw, giving players another chance to land a fantastic prize. Fans of the game can take part by choosing numbers online or going to authorised retailers in any of the participating states or jurisdictions.