Powerball Results, Numbers for 12/18/19: Did Anyone Win the $160 Million Jackpot on Wednesday (Last) Night?

Last night, the Powerball jackpot was an estimated $160 million with a cash option of $108.7 million, but did anyone win the lottery?

The Powerball lottery winning numbers for Wednesday night were 14, 18, 26, 39, and 68, and the Power Ball was 9. The Power Play was X2, so all prizes except for the jackpot were doubled when the winner had played with the Power Play.

Nobody matched all five balls and the Powerball so nobody won the jackpot. However, two people matched five balls and won $1 million. One of the two winners used the Power Play and so doubled their prize to $2 million.

Additionally, 10 people matched four balls and the Power Ball, winning $50,000. Four of these people doubled their prize to $100,000 using the Power Play. Almost half a million more players won prizes ranging from $4 to $200.

As nobody won the Powerball jackpot, the grand prize has rolled over and is now estimated to be worth $171 million with a cash option of $116.2 million. The next draw will take place on Saturday at 10.59 p.m. ET.

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Powerball tickets at a store in Pennsylvania. William Thomas Cain/Getty

How to play the Powerball lottery?

To play the Powerball lottery, players must purchase a ticket from a licensed lottery retailer for $2 per play. Players have the option of adding the Power Play to their ticket for an additional $1 per play. Tickets must be purchased up to one or two hours before the draw takes place, depending on the selling jurisdiction.

Players can choose their numbers or have them automatically selected, and players can choose to play the same set of numbers in multiple draws.

The lottery is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, players will be able to purchase Powerball and Mega Millions tickets in Mississippi as of January 30, 2020. The state recently made scratch off tickets legal and will soon join the national lottery.

First Powerball Millionaire of the Year Live on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve

Powerball hosted a lottery promotion where players had the chance to win a luxury trip to New York City for New Year's Eve. The winners will travel to NYC on December 29 and five finalists will be chosen to enter to win $1 million live on New Year's Rockin' Eve.

On December 30, winners will attend the theatre and experience a holiday cruise. Then, on New Year's Eve, lottery winners will have dinner and take part in the Times Square party before the overall winner of $1 million is announced by singer Jessie James Decker just after midnight. This winner will be the first Powerball millionaire of the year.

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