Winning Powerball Numbers For Wednesday, October 18, 2017: $156 Million Jackpot
The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday, October 18, 2017, is estimated at $156 million. Do you have the winning ticket?
By Deb Belt , Patch Staff
Oct 18, 2017 8:54 p m ET | Updated Oct 18, 2017 11:07 p m ET
After a couple of wins in the last two months, the Powerball prize climbed into triple digits and sits an estimated $156 million for the Wednesday, Oct. 18, drawing. The cash payout will be roughly $98.3 million.
The Powerball game is played by matching 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. Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time.
The winning Powerball numbers for Wednesday, Oct. 18, are: 30, 49, 54, 66, 69, and the Powerball of 08.
The record in the game was a $1.6 billion drawing in January 2016, which was shared by three winners in Florida, Tennessee and California; that was followed by the Aug. 23, 2017, win of $758 million. And on Feb. 22, a lucky player in Indiana won the $435 million Powerball jackpot, the 10th largest in the game’s history.
The largest three Powerball jackpots ever are:
- $1.6 Billion — January 2016
- $758 Million — August 2017
- $590.5 Million — February 2013
Find out where you can buy your Powerball tickets here, via the Maryland Lottery.
The January 2016 record Powerball jackpot was worth nearly $1.6 billion. But Americans will still drop by the nearest convenience store with dreams of cash and buy a ticket. The billion dollar-plus prize won in the Jan. 13, 2016, drawing was the largest lotto jackpot awarded in U.S. history and was split by three winners. In the summer of 2016, a New Hampshire player won a $478 million prize; the June 10 win of $447 million was the eighth largest jackpot in the game’s history.
If you still want to take a chance — someone has to win, right? — you have a better chance of hitting the jackpot if you let the computer pick your numbers. The Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates the Powerball game, says about 75 percent of winning tickets are selected when the numbers are chosen by a computer.
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