Powerball numbers for May 18, 2022, Wednesday’s jackpot was $101 million

The Powerball jackpot for May 18, 2022 was $101 million, and here are the winning numbers from Wednesday night’s drawing.

  • The first five: 40-41-58-64-65
  • Powerball: 17
  • Power play: 3x

The Powerball jackpot on Wednesday evening, May 18, 2022 was worth $101 million with a $59.0 million present value option. There was no grand prize winner on Wednesday. However, Wednesday’s game featured one lucky jackpot winner – a Georgia ticket holder who took home second prize after correctly combining the first five white balls, minus the red Powerball.

Five players matched the numbers on four white balls plus the Powerball and each won $50,000. Another 147 ticket holders chose the numbers on four white balls but not the Powerball, for which each won $100. A total of 428 people correctly guessed three white balls plus the Powerball and won $100 each. A total of 9,406 people correctly matched three white balls but not the Powerball, each winning $7.

Powerball and Mega Millions tickets
Mega Millions and Powerball tickets went on sale in Texas in January 2020. Neither ticket was a winner, and the jackpot kept increasing for every game in the new year.
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The Powerball jackpots won so far in 2022 are:

  • April 27, 2022 – $454 million (Arizona)
  • 02/14/2022 – $183 million (Connecticut)
  • 05/01/2022 – $630 million (California and Wisconsin)

The previous winning ticket before that was sold on 04/10/2021 in California for a jackpot worth US$699 million. This was only the sixth and final Powerball jackpot won in calendar year 2021.

The six Powerball jackpots won in 2021 were:

  • 10/04/2021 – $699 million (California)
  • 06/05/2021 – $285.6 million (Florida)
  • 03/27/2021 – 235 million US dollars (Florida)
  • 01/30/2021 – $33 million (New Jersey)
  • 01/23/2021 – $23 million (New Jersey)
  • 01/20/2021 – $731 million (Maryland)

The previous winning ticket before that was sold on September 16, 2020 in New York for a jackpot worth $94 million. This was only the seventh and final Powerball jackpot won in calendar year 2020.

The seven Powerball jackpots won in 2020 were:

  • 09/16/2020 – $94 million (New York)
  • 08/12/2020 – $168.5 million (Florida)
  • 06/10/2020 – 22 million US dollars (Wisconsin)
  • 06/03/2020 – $136 million (West Virginia)
  • 08/04/2020 – $190 million (New Jersey)
  • 02/12/2020 – $70 million (Michigan)
  • 01/29/2020 – 397 million US dollars (Florida)

Other 2019 winners included a $150 million ticket sold in California and an $80 million ticket sold in Michigan

How to play Powerball

Powerball tickets, which cost $2 per game, are sold in 45 states, Washington, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Ticket holders each choose five numbers from one to 69 for the five white balls and one number from one to 26 for the Powerball. Players can multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 10x by purchasing the Power Play option for an additional $1 per game. Drawings are held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at the Florida Lottery Drawing Studio in Tallahassee.

The prices

“There are nine ways to win a prize in Powerball. All prizes are fixed monetary amounts, with the exception of the grand prize. In California, payout amounts are pari-mutual and are determined by revenue and the number of winners,” explains the Powerball website. The Powerball jackpot value keeps growing until it is won. “The prize value of Match 5 + Power Play is always $2 million, while the 10x multiplier is only in play when the advertised jackpot is $150 million or less,” according to the site. Jackpot winners can receive their prize either as an annuity or as a lump sum. Anyone who chooses the annuity option is guaranteed to receive 30 graduated payments over 29 years. Annual payments increase by 5 percent up to the 30th and final payment, the website says.

What are the chances of winning?

The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.9 and the odds of winning are the same in every Powerball draw, according to the Powerball website. “Even if more tickets are sold in a given draw, your chances of winning are the same,” the website states.

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Rick Schindler

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