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Powerball Winning Numbers For 1/18/2020 Drawing: $321M Jackpot

Here are the winning Powerball numbers for the lottery jackpot drawing on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.

By Deb Belt , Patch Staff
Jan 18, 2020 6:32 p m ET | Updated Jan 18, 2020 11:02 p m ET

The Powerball jackpot has grown to a hefty $321 million for the player who’s purchased the winning ticket on Saturday, Jan. 18. The one-time cash payout for tonight’s Powerball drawing is $218.7 million.

The winning Powerball numbers are drawn every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time, with Powerball results usually posted within five minutes.

In most states, ticket sales end at least one hour before the drawing, but a state may halt sales earlier, such as Illinois, which stops sales three hours before the drawing. In Maryland and New Jersey, ticket sales end at 9:59 p.m.; in Virginia, they close at 10 p.m. Check with your state lottery for the cut-off time.

The winning Powerball numbers for Saturday, Jan. 18, are: 20, 24, 38, 56, 68 and the Powerball of 18.

The largest Powerball jackpot in history was $1.586 billion, which was split by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016.

A player in South Carolina claimed the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot on Oct. 23, 2018, game officials said.

To win the Powerball jackpot a player must match all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball number. The odds of picking the correct Powerball grand prize numbers are one in 292,201,338, which doesn’t change even if more players buy tickets when the jackpot is enormous.

You have a better chance of winning the Powerball jackpot if you let the computer select your numbers, according to lottery officials. About 75 percent of winning tickets over the years had numbers picked by a computer.

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Powerball Results, Numbers for 1/18/20: Did Anyone Win the $321 Million Jackpot on Saturday (Last) Night?

Saturday’s top Powerball prize was a massive $321 million jackpot, with a cash option of $218.7 million. But was anyone a lucky winner last night?

The winning numbers for the January 18 draw were 20-24-38-56-68, with the Powerball being 18 with a Power Play of 2x.

Nobody took home the top prize last night by matching all numbers and the Powerball, meaning that the jackpot rolls over onto next week’s draw. One lucky person did manage to match all five white balls but not the Powerball, a prize of at least $1 million.

28 people successfully matched four of the five white balls, as well as the Powerball, earning them a $50,000 prize. Four of those winners doubled their take home to $100,000 because they also purchased the additional 2x Power Play.

The next Powerball drawing will be on Thursday January 23, with the estimated jackpot now standing at $343 million, with a cash option of $233.3 million, according to the Power Ball website. The jackpot could increase if sales further lottery projections, according to officials.

The last time someone took home the grand prize was way back on November 2, when one lucky person in California picked a winning ticket of $150 million. The winning numbers for that draw were 03-23-32-37-58, with the Powerball being 22. You can check the numbers for tonight, or any past winning numbers, on the official Powerball website.

How do you play Powerball?

The Powerball is held twice a week, with draws usually taking place on a Wednesday and Saturday night, at 10:59 p.m. ED. Each draw is broadcast live from the lottery studio in Tallahassee, Florida.

The lottery game is available to play in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each ticket costs $2 per play, with payers 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.

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. Even if there are more tickets sold in a particular drawing, your odds of winning a prize are the same, the Powerball website states.

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.

The total prize of the drawing on January 18 from Tallahassee, Florida was $321 million, with a cash option of $218.7 million.