44 Powerball Players Became Millionaires Saturday on a $23 Million Jackpot

The Powerball lottery game had an incredible amount of winners on Saturday, despite the game being just $23 million.

Saturday's 01/23/21 Powerball jackpot was $23.2 million, and a ticket sold in New Jersey won the grand prize, which had a cash option worth $17.3 million. Here's where it gets crazy. There were 43 other tickets sold that matched the first five white balls and just missed on the red Powerball for the game's second prize. Eight of those players won $2 million while the other 35 players won $1 million apiece.

First, here are the winning numbers from Saturday night's drawing:

  • First Five: 05-08-17-27-28
  • Powerball: 14
  • Power Play: 3x

The grand prize ticket was sold at the Quick Mart on Lakeview Avenue in Clifton, New Jersey.

Of the other 43 who won the second prize, eight of those purchased the Power Play for an extra $1, making their second prizes worth $2 million each. Those eight tickets were sold in Florida (2), Georgia, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Puerto Rico.

The remaining 35 second-prize tickets didn't purchase the Power Play, making their tickets worth $1 million each. They were sold in Arizona (2), California (7), Florida (4), Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (11), Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

That's 44 millionaires from a $23.2 million drawing.

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A Powerball ticket sold in Texas during September 2019. Scott McDonald/Newsweek

Powerball has now had two winners in one week. A ticket sold in Maryland hit the $731.1 million jackpot on Wednesday 01/20/21. The game reset to the $20 million minimum on Saturday, and it'll reset to $20 million again for the Wednesday 01/27/21 drawing.

Mega Millions, the nation's other multi-state lottery, had a $1 billion winner on Friday, and that game now resets to $20 million for its Tuesday drawing.

The odds of hitting the grand prize jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338, regardless of the jackpot size—according to Powerball's website.

Powerball is a multi-state lottery played every Wednesday and Saturday, and one of America's two biggest lottery jackpot games. Powerball jackpots start at $20 million, and other prizes pay from $1 million to $2 million with a Power Play. Tickets are $2. You can check the numbers for tonight, or any past winning numbers, on the official Powerball website.

There are nine ways to win money during the Powerball. Just getting the powerball with no other numbers pays out $4, and even more if the power play is bought for an extra dollar. The same payout goes for one ball plus the powerball, and $7 is the payout for two correct numbers with the powerball, or three correct numbers and no powerball.

If all five white, numbered balls are chosen but the red powerball is not correct, then the payout is $1 million, with an even higher payout if the power play is chosen.