Powerball Results, Numbers for 8/12/20: Did Anyone Win the $169 Million?

Last night's Powerball jackpot was a titanic $169 million, with a cash option of $140.6 million. But was there a lucky winner of the grand prize?

The winning numbers for the Powerball drawing on Wednesday, August 12 were 2, 6, 18, 36 and 37, with the Powerball 21 and the Power Play being 2x.

One lucky person in Florida won the jackpot after successfully matching all five white numbers and the red Powerball, according to the official Powerball website. It has not been revealed where in the Sunshine State the winning ticket was purchased.

As well as the grand prize winner, there were two lottery tickets sold in California and Pennsylvania that matched all five white balls, but not the red Powerball, to take home the second biggest payout of $1 million. Neither of those winners purchased the additional 2x Power Play, which would have seen their winnings doubled to $2 million.

A further 17 people matched four of the five white balls to take home the $10,000 prize, with nine of those purchasing the 2x Power Play and thus increasing their payout to $20,000.

With the top prize being won, it means that the jackpot will be reset back down to $20 million, with a cash value of $16.6 million, for the next drawing on Saturday, August 15. This jackpot could increase if sales further lottery projections, according to officials.

Before Wednesday's draw, the previous Powerball on Saturday, August 8 had the winning numbers of 2, 3, 14, 40 and 51. The Powerball for the draw was 24 with a Power Play of 3x. There were no jackpot winners, but two tickets purchased in Illinois and Kentucky respectively matched all five white balls to receive a $1 million prize payout. Neither of those purchased the 3x Power Play which would have tripled their winnings to $3 million.

Before last night's jackpot win, the previous time the jackpot had been claimed was on April 8, when a ticket purchased in New Jersey matched all numbers to win the grand prize of $190 million. The numbers for that drawing were 2, 37, 39, 48, 54 and a Powerball of 5.

How do you play Powerball?

One of the most popular lottery games in the United States, along with Mega Millions, Powerball is available to play in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The five states that do not sell lottery tickets are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. Drawings usually take place twice a week on a Wednesday and Saturday night, at 10:59 p.m. EDT. Each draw is broadcast live from the lottery studio in Tallahassee, Florida.

Each ticket costs $2 per play, with players selecting five numbers from 1 to 69, in addition to one red Powerball number from 1 to 26. In certain circumstances, players can also multiply non-jackpot prizes by using the Power Play option for an additional $1.

Powerball tickets are sold in 42 US states, Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Why is the Powerball so low?

Powerball slashed its minimum payout in half from $40 million to $20 million back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic leading to reduced sales, according to lottery officials.

Powerball Product Group Chairman and Maine Lottery Director Gregory Mineo said in a statement at the time" "Powerball players in many U.S. lottery jurisdictions are under shelter-in-place orders or recommendations, which have affected normal consumer behaviors.

"Just like other enterprises around the world that are making adjustments, we are making proactive changes to continue to offer the world's premier lottery product."

Since the coronavirus pandemic, the jackpot has been reset at $20 million after it is won, rather than the previous $40 million.

Powerball's official website claims that players have a 1 in 24.9 chance of winning any prize regardless of the number of participants. But the chances of winning the grand prize jackpot are astronomically higher at 1 in 292,201,338, according to the official website.

Winners can choose to either select their prize as an annuity, or for significantly less, a lump-sum payment. The annuity option sees the winner receive 30 annual payments over the space of 29 years, with each payment increasing by five percent until the 30th and final payment.

If you win a jackpot, call lottery officials at 1-800-222-0996.