The latest drawing of the Wednesday Powerball lottery, offering a $224 million prize, with a cash value option of $160.8 million, took place last night.
The winning numbers for November 24, 2021, were 10, 16, 32, 63 and 65, while the Powerball was 17 and the Power Play was 2x.
There were no winners of the top jackpot prize or the second prize, which is valued at $1 million. Had there been any winners of the second prize who purchased the Power Play option for $1, their winnings would have been each worth $2 million.
But 13 lucky ticket holders correctly matched four white balls plus the Powerball, earning them each $50,000. Five of these winners bought the Power Play option, winning them each a prize of $100,000.
A group of 284 players matched only four white balls, each winning $100, with 79 of them having opted for Power Play, which earned them each $200.
There were 672 players who matched three white balls plus the Powerball, with each also winning $100, while 191 of them purchased the Power Play option, which won them each $200.
The next drawing will be on Sunday, November 28, with an estimated jackpot prize of $243 million and cash value of $171.9 million.
How to Play Powerball
Powerball tickets, which cost $2 per play, are sold in 45 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Ticket holders each select five numbers from one to 69 for the five white balls and a number from one to 26 for the Powerball.
Players can multiply non-jackpot prizes by two, three, four, five or 10 times by purchasing the Power Play option for an additional $1 per play.
Drawings take place every Wednesday and Saturday from the Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee.
“There are nine ways to win a prize in Powerball. All prizes are set cash amounts, except the Grand Prize. In California, prize payout amounts are pari-mutuel and determined by sales and the number of winners,” the Powerball website explains.
The Powerball jackpot prize value continues to grow until it is won. “The Match 5 + Power Play prize value is always $2 million, while the 10X multiplier is only in play when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less,” according to the website.
Jackpot winners can receive their prize as either an annuity or a lump-sum payment. For those who choose the annuity option, the winner is guaranteed to receive 30 graduated payments over 29 years. The annual payments increase by five percent until the 30th and final payment, the website notes.
What Are the Odds of Winning?
The overall odds of winning a prize are one in 24.9 and the winning odds are the same in every Powerball drawing, according to the Powerball website.
“Even if there are more tickets sold in a particular drawing, your odds of winning a prize are the same,” the website states.