The winning Powerball numbers for Wednesday, May 25, 2011, are 4, 23, 31, 42, 50, the Power Ball is 23, and the PowerPlay number is X 2. Unfortunately, there were no Powerball winners for last night's $144,000,000 prize.
Don't be too disappointed though. This just means the next Powerball drawing skyrocketed to $171,000,000 annuity, or $88,700,000 cash-value lump-sum, before all those nasty state and federal taxes you'll have to cough upÂ—if you do happen to win the big one!
Powerball Winners May 25, 2011
Last night's Powerball drawing wasn't a total bust by any means. There were plenty of lottery winners to be had. In fact, there were six (6) second-tier Match 5 + 0 winners that matched all five white winning Powerball numbers, but not the Powerball for $200,000. One (1) of those lottery players purchased a PowerPlay option ticket in West Virginia for an extra dollar, and will be happier than a pig in mud with their $1,000,000 prize.
The remaining five (5) Powerball winners purchased Powerball winning tickets in Florida, Idaho, Nebraska, Washington, and Wisconsin, and will just have to settle for the regular Powerball payout of $200,000 before taxes.
Third-tier Powerball players produced fifty-eight (58) Match 4 + 1 winners for $10,000 each. Twelve (12) of those players also matched 4 white winning Powerball numbers, plus the Power Ball, but plunked down an extra dollar for the PowerPlay option. This means they'll be multiplying their $10,000 prize winnings by Wednesday night's PowerPlay number of 2 for $20,000. Oh well! Past Powerball winners do say, "It Pays to Play the PowerPlay!"
The total number of Powerball winners for last night's lottery drawing was 1,108,227 players.
Powerball Ticket Sales Will See a Feeding Frenzy For Saturday's Drawing
The so-called "Lottery Feeding Frenzy" is real. Whenever a lottery jackpot gets above $100,000,000, hopeful lottery winners come out of the woodwork to spend the last dollar they have in their pockets. Dreams of matching all six winning Powerball numbers to be the next millionaire - one-hundred-seventy-one times over - will drive the estimated jackpot even higher than anticipated. That's good news for the Powerball jackpot winner!
The next Powerball drawing is Saturday, May 27, 2011 at 10:59pm ET. The current estimated Powerball jackpot is $171,000,000 annuity, or $88,700,000 cash. Don't miss out by not buying your ticket on time. Some Powerball retailers cut off ticket sales earlier than others.
Please Play Responsibly
Remember, playing the lottery should be fun, but sometimes too much lottery fun can be addictive and could ruin lives. Please play responsibly, and don't spend more than you're willing to lose. Good luck on matching all six winning Powerball numbers on Saturday night!