The Powerball winning numbers are worth $48,000,000 for the right player who correctly matches all six Powerball numbers on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. If you only match the first five numbers, and not the red Powerball, but buy a PowerPlay ticket, you'll instantly win $1,000,000!
How Much Money Will You Get if You Win Tonight's Powerball?
Since no one won the Powerball jackpot during the drawing last Saturday, tonight's jackpot has risen to an estimated $48,000,000 annuity, or a $25,400,000 cash-value lump-sum before taxes. Federal taxes will run you 25%, and all state taxes vary. Say your state imposes 7% on lottery winnings. After all is said and done, you could end up with about $17,272,000 in your pocket if you choose the cash option. Not bad for a day's pay!
A Feel-Good Powerball Winner's Story
A cancer patient from Lawrence, Kansas, has been playing the same Powerball numbersÂ—birthdates of family membersÂ—for 18 years and never won a jackpot. He had forgotten to play last week and thought about hanging up the game for good.
However, he bought one more Powerball ticket and matched five white Powerball numbers, but not the red Powerball, for $200,000. Had he played the PowerPlay option for another dollar, he would have automatically won $1,000,000.
Still, the Kansas Powerball winner was happy to have the extra money to help pay for radiation and chemotherapy treatments. According to ABC's KMBC.com, the winning Powerball ticket was purchased at the Kwik Shop on 4841 W. 6th St. in Lawrence, Kansas.
Don't Miss Tonight's Powerball Drawing
The next Powerball winning numbers will be drawn Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 10:59pm ET. The Powerball game is played in 42 States, Washington D.C. and the US Virgin Islands.
The Powerball winning numbers are drawn live each Wednesday and Saturday evening, and ticket sales cut-off times vary by state, so make sure you buy your lottery tickets early. You can catch the live drawing on select TV stations around the country, or by viewing PowerBall Live online, also at 10:59pm ET.
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!
Make sure to check the comments section at the bottom of this page shortly after the drawing for tonight's winning Powerball numbers. You never know. It could be you!