Winning numbers drawn for $700M Powerball jackpot

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The numbers have been drawn for the second largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

Powerball tickets were being sold on a steady clip Wednesday, ahead of that night's $700 million jackpot drawing.

The winning numbers are 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26, and the Powerball number is 4.

Before Wednesday night's drawing the jackpot was estimated at $700 million.

Powerball is played in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- There is a chance - albeit a very small one - that you could win $700 million Wednesday night.

Lottery retail outlets in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C. spent the day churning out tickets for the latest Powerball drawing. This is the nation's second-biggest lottery jackpot of all time and stores like the Kwik Trip just off Highway 53 and the North Crossing in Eau Claire saw a steady stream of people hoping to capture the winning numbers.

"We need to have more people available at the registers, to be able to help the guests and get them through quickly,” Wendy Simon, an assistant store leader, said to WEAU 13 News on Wednesday. “So we do need more people on the registers and being able to print out those tickets.

"They're just excited, you know, as any of us are – just hoping for the chance to win big tonight."

That excitement was with Lynda Sykora from Colfax, who stopped in and bought seven sets of numbers for her and her husband.

“I sometimes look at the past couple of months or whatever and then try to pin my numbers down from there, but that's about it,” she said to WEAU 13 News.

If her pseudo-scientific approach hits the jackpot tonight, Sykora has an idea about what she would do with the winnings

"Definitely retire and I guess just travel," she said.

Dale Ludwigson from Hallie was more philosophic about his approach to winning that much money.

"It would have to sink in for a while. I truly believe it would take a while. I really do. You'd have a lot of probably new friends – maybe even you."

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million. The next drawing is scheduled for Saturday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Lottery players will have a shot at a $700 million Powerball jackpot that ranks as the second largest in U.S. history.

Despite incredibly long odds, people throughout the country will hold their breath Wednesday night as five white balls and one red ball are drawn from drums.

The jackpot is second only to a $1.6 billion prize won in January 2016.

The $700 million prize reflects the annuity option, paid over 29 years. A winner who wants cash would receive $443.3 million, minus federal and state taxes that generally eat up more than 30 percent of winnings.

Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

Powerball is played in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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