HUGE lottery, jackpot $1.5 billion, 3 winners announced (Updated)

HUGE lottery, jackpot $1.5 billion, 3 winners announced (Updated)

08 27 34 04 19, POWERBALL NUMBER 10: It looks like at least three winners have the lucky numbers, worth $1.6 billion in the US Powerball lottery.

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Wednesday update

15:45 

In addition to the winner in California, there appear to be at least two more winners, one in Tennesee and the other in Flordia. The winners will split the jackpot which has now been estimated at $1.6 billion.

11:35

The California Lottery says the State has at least one winner. Due to last-minute sales, the jackpot exceeds $1.5 billion, or $930 million if the winner chooses a cash payment instead of instalments over 29 years.

11:00

People wait to buy California Powerball lottery tickets outside the famous Bluebird Liquor store which is considered to be a lucky retailer of tickets, in Hawthorne, California on January 13, 2016. Record sales drove up the largest jackpot in US history to a whopping $1.5 billion as people dreaming of riches flocked across state lines and international borders to buy tickets. / AFP / MARK RALSTON

The winning numbers for the US Powerball lottery have been drawn: 08 27 34 04 19, POWERBALL NUMBER 10. Experts say there could be a winner this time because 85.8 percent of possible number combinations had been selected by midday after huge last-minute sales. The odds against any ticket being the winner are astronomical, however, a one in 292.2 million chance. That roughly equivalent to flipping a coin 28 times and getting all heads.

The 44 state governments were lottery tickets are being sold are the big winners, collecting billions of dollars in much-need revenue. Much of this goes into education, especially scholarships for needy residents.

GIANT-sized lottery: US Powerball jackpot swells to $1.3 billion

Washington, AFP –  The jackpot for the US Powerball lottery rose to a whopping $1.3 billion (1.19 billion euros) on Sunday after organizers said there was no winner in the weekend draw.

The Powerball prize rocketed to $950 million on Saturday, fueling a frenzy of lotto ticket buying across the United States.

Numbers were drawn and announced late Saturday at 10:59 pm (0359 GMT Sunday) – but hours later lottery officials said there was no winner.

"There was NO JACKPOT WINNER in tonight's #Powerball. We are OFFICIALLY #InSearchofaBILLIONAIRE ($1.3 BILLION)!" the lottery of the District of Columbia, where the US capital is located, wrote on Twitter.

According to the rules, the winner can choose to be paid the full jackpot in annual instalments over 29 years or take a lower one-off payment in cash.

The cash for the new jackpot would amount to $806 million before taxes, according to the official Powerball site.

Drawings for the Powerball jackpot began on November 7, and despite a new series of numbers announced every Wednesday and Saturday since, no winner has been declared.

Americans with dreams of life-changing riches have been flocking for days to buy lottery tickets and a chance at winning a tsunami of cash.

Gale Call (L) and Sherrie Haines (C) sell a Powerball ticket to Mike Nastasi (R) at the BP gas station on January 6, 2015 in Dunkirk, Maryland. People are visiting lottery counters across the United States with hopes of hitting it big . Mark Wilson/AFP

Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states as well as the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin islands.

In the Powerball game, five white balls are drawn from a drum containing 69 balls. One red one is pulled from a drum with 26 balls.

The late Saturday winning numbers were 32-16-19-57-34 and the Powerball was 13, organizers said.

To win, all six numbers on the lottery ticket must be correct, with the first five in any order. The final number, however, must be the Powerball number.

The current prize shatters the previous record for a US lottery jackpot of $656 million, scooped by three winning tickets in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas in March 2012.

Gloria Mackenzie, 84, from Florida holds the record for the largest single Powerball jackpot win, $590.5 million, on May 18, 2013.

The next drawing is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13, organizers said.

Powerball starts its jackpot at $40 million and lets it grow if there are no winners.

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Vocabulary

  • annual: happening every year - ทุกๆปีด, ประจำปี
  • border: the official line separating two areas, regions or countries - เขตแดน อาณาเขต
  • capital: the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง
  • cash: money - เงินสด
  • citizen: someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country - พลเมือง 
  • consider: to regard as; to think of as - ถือว่า
  • counter: a long flat surface over which goods are sold or business is done in a shop/store, bank, etc - เคาน์เตอร์, โต๊ะขนาดยาว
  • current: of the present time - ปัจจุบัน
  • declare: to announce officially - ประกาศ
  • draw: a way of choosing something such as a name or number by chance - การจับฉลาก
  • draw: to choose a card or ticket, without seeing what is on it - จับ (ฉลาก)
  • drum: a large container, shaped like a cylinder - กลอง
  • due to: because of - เนื่องจาก
  • flock: to go somewhere in large numbers; to gather together in large numbers - แห่กันไป
  • flocking (verb): going somewhere in large numbers; gathering together in large numbers - แห่กันไป
  • frenzy: (an example of) uncontrolled and excited behaviour or emotion, which is sometimes violent - ความบ้าคลั่ง, ความตื่นเต้นมาก, ความบ้าระห่ำ
  • fuelling (verb): causing something to increase - กระตุ้น
  • illegal: against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
  • in case: if something happens - ในกรณีที่
  • instalment (noun): one of many payments made every month/year to pay for something or pay back a loan - งวด, งวดเงินผ่อน, เงินผ่อน
  • instalments (noun): payments made every month/year to pay for something or pay back a loan - งวด, งวดเงินผ่อน, เงินผ่อน
  • jackpot (noun): the highest prize in a lottery; a large amount of money that is the most valuable prize in a game of chance - เงินกองกลางที่พอกขึ้นในการเล่นการพนันหรือโป๊กเกอร์รางวัลใหญ่
  • located: where something is - ตั้งอยู่
  • official: done by people in authority or decided by the government; announced publicly - เป็นทางการ
  • one-off: happening only once, i.e., not repeated - ครั้งเดียว โอกาสเดียวเท่านั้น
  • order: the way in which people or things are placed or arranged in relation to each other - ลำดับ
  • otherwise (adverb): in a different way to the way mentioned; differently - แตกต่าง,ตรงกันข้าม
  • record: the best or most ever achieved - สถิติ
  • rocket: to (cause to) move very fast - พุ่งไปอย่างรวดเร็ว
  • scoop (verb): to move or lift somebody/something with a quick continuous movement - ตัก, ช้อนขึ้น, ควักขึ้น
  • shatter: to break into many pieces, in this case, to break a record by a large amount - แตกกระจาย
  • split: to divide; to share - แบ่ง
  • swell: to become or cause to become larger than normal - บวม, ทำให้บวม, ทำให้พอง
  • taxes (noun): money that you have to pay to the government so that it can pay for public services - ภาษี
  • whopping (adj): very large - ใหญ่โต
  • wonder: to think about something because you want to know more facts or details about it - สงสัย
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