DES MOINES, Iowa — The numbers were drawn Monday night for an estimated $785 million Powerball jackpot that’s the ninth-largest lottery prize.
The winning numbers announced were: 10, 12, 22, 36, 50 and 4.
It often takes several hours for lottery officials to find out if anyone has won the large jackpot.
The payout has grown so large since it has been constructing for greater than two months, since a player in California matched all six numbers on July 19 and won $1.08 billion. That’s 28 consecutive drawings and not using a big winner.
That winless streak is on account of the miserable odds of winning the Powerball jackpot, at 1 in 292.2 million. It’s those long, long odds that lead to such large top prizes, as they cause the jackpot to roll over week after week.
The jackpot is the ninth-largest on the earth, behind grand prizes within the Powerball and Mega Tens of millions games that each one topped $1 billion. The largest jackpot was a $2.04 billion Powerball prize won in November 2022 in California.
Although the sport highlights the $785 million prize, that’s for a winner who’s paid through an annuity over 30 years. Winners almost all the time select the money payout option, which for Monday night’s drawing can be $367 million.
The large jackpot would even be subject to federal taxes, and a few states also tax lottery winnings.
Powerball is played in 45 states, in addition to Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.