Powerball Results, Numbers for 11/28/20: Did Anyone Win the $216 Million?
Last night’s Powerball drawing for Saturday, November 28, saw the jackpot stand at a colossal $216 million, with a cash option of $168.4 million. But did anyone win the life-changing sum? Here’s a breakdown of last night’s numbers and all winners.
The winning numbers for the Powerball drawing in Tallahassee, Florida were 8, 12, 18, 44 and 51 with the Powerball 18 and the Power Play 2x.
Alas, nobody won the jackpot last night by purchasing a ticket that successfully matched all five white numbers and the red Powerball. No one took home the second biggest prize of $1 million either, as no ticket purchased matched all five white numbers.
The two highest payouts last night were both for $100,000, as a couple of tickets purchased matched four of the five white balls and the red Powerball, along with the 2x Power Play. A further 15 players won half that amount because they also matched four numbers and the Powerball, but did not purchase the additional 2X Power Play to double their winnings. In total, last night’s drawing saw 641,634 players win at least $4.
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With the jackpot not being won, it means the total for the grand prize rolls over to a gigantic $231 million, with a cash value of $180 million, for the next drawing on Wednesday, December 2. This could increase if sales further lottery projections, according to officials.
Before Wednesday’s draw, the previous Powerball on Wednesday, November 25 had the winning numbers of 2, 57, 58, 60 and 65, with the Powerball 26 and the Power Play 2x. There were no jackpot winners for that drawing, nor did anyone match all five white balls minus the red Powerball to secure the second biggest prize.
With the jackpot not being claimed in the final drawing of November, it means the top prize will have rolled over for four months. The last time the jackpot was won was way back on August 12, when one lucky person in Florida scooped a $169 million payout.
How do you play Powerball?
Powerball, along with Mega Millions is one of the most popular multi-state lotteries in the country. The game is available to play in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The five states that do not sell lottery tickets are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.
Drawings usually take place twice a week on a Wednesday and Saturday night, at 10:59 p.m. ED. Each draw is broadcast live from the lottery studio in Tallahassee, Florida.
You can play Powerball in 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 back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic leading to reduced sales, according to lottery officials.
Powerball Product Group Chairman and Maine Lottery Director Gregory Mineo said in a statement at the time” “Powerball players in many U.S. lottery jurisdictions are under shelter-in-place orders or recommendations, which have affected normal consumer behaviors.
“Just like other enterprises around the world that are making adjustments, we are making proactive changes to continue to offer the world’s premier lottery product.”
Since the coronavirus pandemic, the jackpot hasbeen reset at $20 million after it is won, rather than the previous $40 million.
Powerball’s official website claims that players have a 1 in 24.9 chance of winning any prize regardless of the number of participants. But the chances of winning the grand prize jackpot are astronomically higher at 1 in 292,201,338, according to the official website.
Winners can choose to either select their prize as an annuity, or for significantly less, a lump-sum payment. The annuity option sees the winner receive 30 annual payments over the space of 29 years, with each payment increasing by five percent until the 30th and final payment.
Your chances of hitting the grand prize jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338, regardless of the jackpot size—according to Powerball’s website. If you win a jackpot, call lottery officials at 1-800-222-0996.
The winning numbers for last night’s Powerball drawing were 8, 12, 18, 44 and 51 with the Powerball 18 and the Power Play 2x.