Who Won The Powerball Worth $429 Million? The New Jersey Resident Has Yet To Come Forward
If you live in the Garden State, it's time to check your pockets. The sole winning Powerball ticket for Saturday's drawing was reportedly sold in New Jersey and comes with a $429.6 million prize. So, who won the nearly $430 million Powerball jackpot? A winner has yet to step forward and only a limited number of details have been released so far, making it impossible to know who holds the winning ticket.
Lottery officials confirmed Sunday only one ticket matching all six numbers had been sold for Saturday's drawing, which at $429.6 million had the sixth-largest jackpot in Powerball history. "The New Jersey Lottery is thrilled to announce that the sole winning ticket of [Saturday's] Powerball drawing was purchased in the Garden State," the agency said in a statement.
"Winning the Powerball jackpot is a life-changing event," New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Carole Hedinger said Sunday. "We expect that the winner or winners will take their time before claiming the prize and consult with the appropriate professionals that can assist them in navigating these unchartered waters. Certainly though, we will be anxiously awaiting the phone call."
There are multiple payout options for Powerball winners, but a one-time cash payout on Saturday's $429.6 million jackpot would net the winner $284.1 million, Texas Lottery Commission spokeswoman Kelly Cripe told USA Today. With no other winning tickets out there that's a generous prize to walk away with. Saturday's winning numbers were 5-25-26-44-66 with 9 drawn as the Powerball number.
Saturday's Powerball drawing was the largest jackpot seen since the prize payout ticked up to a record-breaking $1.6 billion in January. That jackpot prize was split between three winning tickets, leaving each individual ticket worth $528.8 million.
According to officials, the winning ticket was sold in Mercer County, which has a population estimated at more than 371,000 and includes the city of Princeton and the state's capital Trenton. However, the specific retail location which sold the $429.6 million jackpot-winning ticket won't be revealed until "the appropriate security procedures are completed," officials said, adding they estimated details about the store that sold the winning ticket would be revealed Monday.
Was the winning ticket purchased on a whim by a college student? Or did a New Jersey state capitol staffer scoop the jackpot on their way home? At this point in time, it's not even clear if the ticket was purchased by one person or multiple people. The world will likely have to wait a few more days to see who'll come forth to claim the Powerball jackpot.