Last Wednesday’s Powerball drawing saw an Arizona ticket hit four of five numbers plus the Powerball. The player missed the $71 million jackpot by one number but still won $50,000.
According to the Arizona Lottery, the ticket was not claimed as of Thursday afternoon. It was sold at a Phoenix-area QuikTrip in Ahwatukee.
Wednesday’s winning numbers were 21, 26, 30, 45 and 47. The Powerball was 23 with a 3x Power Play.
Arizona Lottery players can now buy tickets online through Jackpocket
Powerball tickets are available starting at $2. The Power Play add-on costs $1 and can multiply non-jackpot prizes. Players can purchase Arizona Lottery tickets at over 3,000 retailers statewide or online through Jackpocket, the popular app that expanded to Arizona in January.
To play, choose five numbers between 1 and 69 for white balls and a final number between 1 and 26 for the red Powerball. The odds of winning any of the nine available prizes are 1 in 24.9, ranging from $4 to $1 million.
Jackpot odds are much rarer at 1 in 292.2 million. A player must hit all five numbers plus the Powerball to win the grand prize.
Powerball jackpot now at $97 million and climbing
No player won Saturday’s jackpot, either. The estimated jackpot for Monday’s (May 8) drawing is $97 million.
Make no mistake, $97 million is life-changing money, even after taxes. However, all but one recent jackpot has been well into nine figures, or more, like last November’s record $2.04 billion jackpot.
Powerball jackpot winners in the last year:
- April 19, 2023: $252.6 million (Ohio)
- March 4, 2023: $162.6 million (Virginia)
- February 6, 2023: $754.6 million (Washington)
- November 19, 2022: $92.9 million (Kansas)
- November 7, 2022: $2.04 billion (California)
- August 3, 2022: $206.9 million
- June 29, 2022: $366.7 million
Arizona Lottery players have won big bucks over the last two months
The $50K Powerball score is one of several big scores in Arizona within the last two months.
In March, two players hit all six numbers in the Triple Twist. A player in Surprise won $1.5 million on March 15. Another player from Phoenix won $225,000 six days later.
Earlier in April, another player won the Triple Twist for $265,000 from a ticket purchased in Chandler. That same night, a Scottsdale ticket won $10,000 from the Mega Millions drawing.
Forty-five states participate in Powerball, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Arizona has the 14th-largest population in the US, with around 7.5 million residents, and makes up roughly 2% of people living in Powerball-eligible states and territories.
The Grand Canyon State ranked 21st in Lottery sales in 2021 ($631.9 million), suggesting a lower chance of obtaining a jackpot winner.
Last November’s historic $2.04 billion jackpot was won by a player in Altadena, CA, just north of Pasadena in the Los Angeles area. California has the largest population in the US and had the third-highest sales in 2021 ($8.4 billion), behind Florida and New York.