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Powerball winning numbers $40M Dec. 28: Missouri lottery winner hits jackpot

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Who wants to win the Powerball jackpot today? You're not alone! The Dec. 28, 2013 Powerball winning numbers are worth a whopping $40 million annuity, and millions of players are trying to grab the whole jackpot just in time to welcome the new year in. All six Powerball winning numbers will also get you about $22.3 million in cold hard cash, reported MLive.com on Saturday, Dec. 28. How many Powerball tickets did you buy for tonight's drawing, and what will you do with your millions if you win?

If no one wins the grand prize on Saturday, Dec. 28, the jackpot may climb to $50 million or more by the time the next drawing rolls around. What's the probability of winning the Powerball jackpot? Lottery officials say the overall odds of winning the Powerball jackpot is 1 in 175,223,510, meaning you are 251 times more likely to be hit by lightning. The odds of winning any prize is 1 in 31.85.

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BREAKING NEWS: The Powerball winning numbers for December 28, 2013 are 8, 35, 44, 51, 56, and the red Powerball number is 18.
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Meanwhile, Ozarks First News announced Friday, Dec. 27, that the Missouri Powerball lottery winner has already turned in the winning ticket worth $71.5 million. Lottery spokesman Susan Goedde said, "The winner has to decide whether to take the $71-milion in thirty annual payments or take a lump sum. The lump sum is a little less than $40 million, but after a 29 percent tax withholding, the in-pocket amount will be about $28.3 million."

The Missouri Powerball winner purchased the winning ticket at Autobahn BP, 7538 N.W. Prairie View Rd. in Platte Woods for the Christmas Day Powerball drawing on Dec. 25. The lucky Powerball winning numbers were 23, 28, 38, 39, 56, and the red Powerball number was 32.

What Time is the Powerball Drawing?

According to the Florida Lottery, the next Powerball drawing is scheduled for Dec. 28, 2013 at 10:59 p.m. EST. Powerball winning numbers are drawn live Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 10:59 p.m. EST in Florida. The Powerball game is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $2 each, and another $1 for the Power Play option which could instantly multiply your prize winnings.

The largest Powerball jackpot in lottery history was for $590.5 million annuity (cash option of $370.9 million). It was won by one Powerball jackpot winner from Florida on May 18, 2013. See the article Florida Powerball lottery winner Gloria MacKenzie claims massive $590M jackpot for more details.

Latest Mega Millions Results

The most recent Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday, Dec. 27, were 4, 15, 35, 48, 49, the Mega Ball number is 11, and the Megaplier is X 5. There were no Mega Millions jackpot tickets sold for this drawing. Read the article Mega Millions winning numbers $35M Dec. 27: California lottery winner cashes in for more information.

Source: Powerball.com; Missouri Lottery; Ozarks First

Photo Credit: Powerball Winning Jackpot Lottery Money by Morguefile; imelenchon

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