The Powerball lottery results are in, and you may have won a ton of money! The winning numbers for February 1, 2012, are 8, 13, 17, 34, 59, and the Powerball number is 35. Are you a lottery winner? Although there were no jackpot winners, there were almost 1,000,000 winning tickets soldÂ—911,314 to be exact!
How about that New Powerball Power Play Option?
In case you're wondering what's going on, the Power Play option has changed. Some players might not like the change, while others think it's easier to understand. Simply put, there's no more Power Play number. What? No more Power Play you ask? If you're a regular Power Play player, you might not like the fact that you can't multiply your winnings by 5 any longer. It's not all bad though.
According to Powerball officials, "The new Power Play just raises the prizes. No more math involved. With Power Play, the $1 million is always $2,000,000. The lowest prizes of $4 triples to $12. The $7 prizes double to $14. The $100 prizes double to $200. The $10,000 prize with odds of 1 in 650,000 quadruples to $40,000."
Powerball Winners 2/1/2012
Now, the good news, and the bad news. The bad news is, not only were there no jackpot winners, there weren't any $2,000,000 Power Play winners on February 1st either. No one thought to spend an extra dollar on their lottery tickets last night.
There were, however, three (3) second-tier lottery winners that matched five out of six Powerball winning numbers, but not the Powerball number for $1,000,000 each. The lucky tickets were purchased from the Kentucky Lottery, Pennsylvania Lottery, and the Texas Lottery. Prior to the new rules, the second-tier prize would have been $200,000 for a standard wager. In this case, it pays to play the Power Play!
There were also forty-one (41) third-tier prizes for $10,000 each. Five (5) of those lottery winners were smart and plunked down an extra dollar for the Power Play option, and as a result they'll be collecting $40,000 each! Keep in mind, that's before taxes of course.
When is the Next Powerball Drawing?
The next Powerball drawing is February 4, 2012 at 10:59pm ET, and you don't want to miss it! Saturday's estimated Powerball jackpot is a whopping $200,000,000 annuity paid out in 30 annual payments, or a one-time payment of $125,100,000.
The multi-state 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. You can catch the live drawing on select TV stations around annuity the country, or by viewing Power Ball Live online, also at 10:59pm.
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.
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